"By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness." Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
What is Landay
Pashtun women use the Landay as a way to discuss issues amongst themselves without bringing attention to the individual. This collection of Landay that Eliza has collected speaks volumes of the secret life of the women of Afghanistan and hopefully will help the world to find common human problems shared between all cultures.
Tagore backed away from the temptations that his Nobel prize awarded him and spent his time urging the masses of India to avoid being victims and to seek education. He spread the rhetoric of revolt throughout India and barely escaped assasination by an Indian expatriate while visiting San Fransisco in 1910.