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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Women in Afghanistan: Securing Their Future" Presentation

"Women in Afghanistan: Securing Their Future" a talk with David Cortright in honor of International Women's Day will be held on Friday, March 9th in the Humphrey School Atrium beginning at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

David Cortright directs Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and co-authored Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan
"The prospect of a political solution to the Afghan war has generated much public debate about the fate of Afghan women. Since the overthrow of the Taliban by U.S.-led forces in 2001, the promotion of Afghan women's rights has been a highly politicized appendage of the military intervention. International efforts to assist women have produced mixed results: while Afghan women have achieved improvements in their health, education, and economic and political participation, escalating violence has eroded those gains in many provinces ... Because of the symbolic and cultural value of women in Islamic society, differing views on women's roles have been a battleground over which competing visions for Afghan society and claims to power have been fought. Women -- so often objectified in times of war -- have been at the frontlines of the Afghan conflict."
Full report at:
Free but registration required at: http://afghanistanwomen2012.eventbrite.com/
Sponsored by:
Center on Women and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/wpp/
Women's Action for New Directions: Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL) http://www.willwand.org/
Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota http://hrp.cla.umn.edu/about/
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota http://www.icgc.umn.edu/
World Without Genocide http://worldwithoutgenocide.org/
Friends for a Nonviolent World http://fnvw.org/
AAUW Minnesota http://www.aauwmn.org/
Advocates for Human Rights http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/
St. Catherine University School of Business and Leadership http://www.stkate.edu/schools/sbl/