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Guest Speaker: How Access to Education is Changing Afghanistan

Thursday, June 2
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Room: CCC, 402

Since the fall of the Taliban, millions of Afghans have gained access to education and are using their newly-attained knowledge to change the country. Despite tremendous risks, women are pushing the country to move forward. This session will discuss how we can make these accomplishments sustainable and why we must continue to invest in education in Afghanistan.

Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar is an out-spoken women and human right's advocate from Afghanistan. She has worked with several Afghan and global organizations focusing on women’s social and economic empowerment and ending gender-based violence. She has also led nation-wide campaigns in defense of human rights and continues to write and advocate for equality. Noorjahan has been published on Al Jazeera, and Safe World for Women among other outlets. In the summer of 2013, she published a collection of Afghan women’s writings in a book that was distributed in several provinces in Afghanistan. Currently, she runs Free Women Writers, a national blog with over 100 Afghan contributors who advocate for gender equality and social justice. Noorjahan is also a keynote speaker on issues relating to the rights of women and girls, education and sustainable global development. Noorjahan has a BA in Sociology from Dickinson College and a Masters in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. Noorjahan has been recognized for her efforts for gender equality at home and internationally. She was Glamour Magazine's College Woman of the Year in 2013 and AAUW’s Woman of Distinction. She has also been named one of Forbes's 100 Most Powerful Women of the World and one of The Daily Beast's Women Who Shake the World.

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