Past Event

Voices of Afghan Women: Storytelling as a Human Right

Join us for this special Women’s History Month Cafe Society as we explore the notion that to tell one’s story is a human right with Valerie Wallace, poet and newsletter editor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

From “The Power of Personal Stories: The Afghan Women’s Writing Project” by Tahira Khalid

“It is not often that we are able to hear stories from Afghan women themselves in major news and media outlets. Instead, what we are left with is the shadow of one kind of truth. That is, what we learn about Afghan women is one-dimensional—it flattens and diminishes the reality and experiences of the women. Journalism should complicate and challenge our perceptions and pre-conceived notions of situations outside of our personal contexts. However, more often than not, media related to Afghan women is exploitative; it victimizes the women, represents them for outside consumption and hardly sheds light on the actual, diverse realities of women in the country.”

Questions for Consideration

What is the connection between telling one’s story and fighting for one’s rights? How have different groups been silenced from telling their stories? How have women and others broken this silence? What can we learn from the stories of Afghan women?  

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Free and open to the public. For more information, call 312.422.5580. 

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