NFT to launch with profits going to Afghan women’s charity

This follows the Taliban’s announcement that girls cannot attend secondary school

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A non-fungible token (NFT) is to be launched with 100% of its profits going to Women for Afghan Women, a charity dedicated to protecting the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, and providing them with access to education and training.    

The company BookBlocks announced that it will release the NFT on 5 October. BookBlocks describes itself as the “intersection of books and the blockchain” and is set to release a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde NFT on the same date as the charity NFT.

The NFT is a portrait of Louisa May Alcott, the American novelist and pioneer of women’s rights who wrote the book Little Women (Roberts Brothers, 1868). It will feature an image of Alcott’s face partially obscured by a butterfly wing, along with the quote: “Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.”

Symbol of hope

BookBlocks states that the butterfly wing signifies “the hopeful emergence of Afghan women and girls from the restrictions that impede their freedoms”.

The company said it has chosen to mint 2,200 copies of the NFT to represent the 2.2 million girls excluded from school in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation after the US withdrawal in August this year.

The Taliban recently made the announcement that girls cannot go to secondary school.

“We encourage you to support this campaign and our Afghan sisters”

Naheed Samadi Bahram, US country director for Women for Afghan Women, said: “This week the Taliban announced only male teachers and students should return to schools, leaving the future of millions of girls across Afghanistan uncertain. This is a generation that grew up hopeful and dreaming about their future through educational opportunities. Women for Afghan Women has been working on the ground for 20 years to improve the lives of women and girls. We are committed to serving Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees arriving in the US. Thank you, BookBlocks, for standing with the Afghan people at this critical time. We encourage you all to support this inspiring campaign and support our Afghan sisters.”

Kobe Bryant NFT profits go to charity

In August, a collection of never-seen-before photos of National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kobe Bryant was launched as NFTs.

The collection, called “Kobe”, was made up of eight black and white photos of the basketball player, taken in 1999. The NFTs were available to purchase on Cryptograph, a company that sells digital collectibles of icons and artists to raise money for charity, all secured by blockchain technology.

All proceeds from the NFT sale went to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to create a “positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports”.

The foundation was renamed to honour Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who both died in a helicopter crash in 2020. Gianna’s nickname was Mambacita, while Kobe’s was the Black Mamba.

The photos were taken by Davis Factor of Smashbox Studios before Bryant became a famous basketball player.

The individual NFTs were purchased by bidding on the photos with ether on 27 August.

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