I am glad that these ladies are taking the initiative to try to empower the women of Afghanistan to a brighter future and one of peace. In Kabul, Afghanistan, models paraded down a candle lit catwalk on Friday as the audience both men and women watched. The rare fashion show may have been a small production, but encompasses a big idea for an Afghani group who wants to empower women by breaking down walls in this war-weary highly conservative Muslim society. According to Huff Post, one designer, Shahar Banoo Zeerak, who was featured in the show commented that “The situation always gets tougher and tougher every day by day, but we should not back down. We are here to move on and move forward, so I think if women step up and they show up in this field, I think they will do a good job.” The idea of women on display remains taboo in Afghanistan causing many to still go outside covered from head to toe in their blue burqas. Violence against women is common including being stoned, executed in public, and imprisoned for having affairs with men. Women have even gone so far as to set themselves on fire to escape domestic violence. The fashion show was organized by Young Women for Change, a independent nonprofit committed to empowering women and improving lives. Most of the models including three men were people who volunteered for the group. The fashion show included colorful short sleeve dresses, jeans, tunics, and more traditional outfits all in all 33 designs were shown. The organizers had two reasons to stage the fashions show despite the violence in the country against un-Islamic by extremists: One was to raise money for the organizations and the other to change attitudes toward women. The group was able to raise $1,000 made from tickets sold and drew family and members to the show. The group recognizes that the changes will be slow but are up for the challenge to change people’s mindset and attitude.