Education in Afghanistan Talk Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Studies, November 16

When: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30pm
Where: Foster Hall, Room 103 (1130 E 59th Street, Chicago)

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem will be discussing her efforts to raise awareness about the rights of Afghan women and girls to education, healthcare, and civic participation. Ms. Saleem is a powerful and articulate advocate for change in Afghanistan. She is co-founder and board member of the Oruj Learning Center in Afghanistan.The Center was established to provide primary school education in remote provinces of Afghanistan that previously lacked schools entirely. Since 2002, Oruj has worked to establish six girls’ schools in rural provinces of Afghanistan. Building on the success of its primary education efforts, Oruj has expanded its mission to provide complementary social and advocacy services. The Center also provides legal assistance and counseling to victims of family violence. Since July 2009, Ms. Saleem has served as a professional development centers manager for USAID’s Higher Education Project in Afghanistan, while continuing her work with Oruj.

In recognition of her significant contributions to education and women and girls’ empowerment in Afghanistan, Ms. Saleem has received several distinguished awards. In March 2009, she was honored with Vital Voices’ Rising Voices Award. Shortly thereafter, she was honored with the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award to support her efforts on behalf of primary education in Afghanistan. She was honored with the Diane Von Furstenberg Award in March 2010, with an accompanying $50,000 grant to establish the first women’s leadership schools in Afghanistan. And most recently, Ms. Saleem has been named the 2010 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Gender Studies, and the Committee on International Relations.

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