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Women in Afghanistan: The struggle for a Voice and a Place

Presented by: Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Friday, October 22, 2010 1 p.m.
Parthum School
255 East Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA

Shabana Basij-Rasikh was a young girl when the Taliban took over her home country of Afghanistan. She was lucky — she came from a progressive family, and her parents believed in education for women, though many of their countrymen did not (and still do not). The Taliban shattered the dreams of education for many Afghan
women, but not for Shabana and her family. She will bring home for listeners the horrors of that time period through her own story — including the lengths to which she had to go to continue her education — and will shed light on the state of Afghanistan today. From her unique vantage point as a young Afghan who has also experienced the American education system, she will share her thoughts on the plight of Afghanistan’s women, the future of the country, and on what the rest of the world can do to help.

This event is part of the White Fund Enlightenment Series, a series of free cultural conversations offered by NECC.