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Shabana Basij-Rasikh

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 (and still do) not. The Taliban shattered the dreams of education for many Afghan women, but not 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.