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Radio Smart Talk: Educating girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Written by witf | Oct 23, 2012 7:57 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, Oct. 23:

Earlier this month, a Pakistani teenager named Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education. Her story has garnered worldwide attention and renewed interest in the state of women’s rights in the Middle East. Yousafzai was flown to London for treatment, where doctors say she’s responding well to medical care.


Hassina Sherjan

One woman, like Yousafzai, who knows what it’s like to seek an education in the Middle East, is Hassina Sherjan. She is an Afghani who left her home in 1979, but returned two decades later to teach underground classes to girls. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Aid Afghanistan for Education, and is working to rebuild the country in the wake of the civil war there. Sherjan will join Radio Smart Talk to talk about her work in Afghanistan, and the role Yousafzai’s story plays in the struggle for equal education rights there.

We’ll also hear from Joyce Davis, president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. The organization is hosting a lecture series called “Great Female Authors.”

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