Audrey Roberts

Audrey Roberts (Afghan Women's Network's - AWN) Audrey received her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003. While working toward a MA in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University in 2006, she liaised between the UN and civil society in Haiti during an internship with the United Nations Association-Haiti. After receiving her MA in 2006, Audrey worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade (Democratization Department).

My first day at AWN and my first cultural slip

09 Jun

Within the first few minutes I entered AWN for the first time, I was greeted by the woman who I had been communicating with for months and whom I was supposed to work most closely with. She greeted me with, “It is so nice to meet you! I quit. Today is my last day.” Needless to say, I was surprised. Regardless, she, I will refer to her S, briefed me on who is who and outlined for me what AWN is currently working on, which I will go into in detail in a later blog.

At lunch-time, about 8 or 9 of the 21 staff members at AWN sat down together for their daily serving of one of several different Afghan dishes. The S brought in a digital camera to take pictures of the rest of the staff on her last day. I insisted that I take pictures so that she could be in the pictures, not just taking them. After a few, I told S, AWN’s Program Manager, a 20 year old woman, who I will refer to as R, and one of AWN’s finance staff, an 18 year old man, who I will refer to as SH, to squish together in order to get all three of them in the picture. R turned cherry red and covered her face with her head scarf. SH too blushed. S said chuckling, “Come on! This is Afghanistan!” In the end, I played it off as a joke, but it was a close one!

Posted By Audrey Roberts

Posted Jun 9th, 2007

1 Comment

  • betzy yaremo

    June 17, 2007


    Hope you are well and staying out of trouble. I am now working on the next trip with your mom to Las Vegas. It should be interesting to us since neither of us has been there before. Can’t wait until you return. Just be safe.

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