"Afghanistan--Conceptions and Misconceptions"

A group of Afghan Fulbright scholars held a multicultural event on conceptions and misconceptions about Afghanistan in Chicago, USA. This event was meant to explore realities on the ground from a local perspective and experiences, what future holds for Afghans and clarify misconceptions, if any. The dialogue was facilitated by Thomas Valenti, mediator and founder at Valenti Law.
In light of the fact that there are strong cultural dogmas prohibiting Afghan women from accessing societal services, including education and health care, Thomas asked Shamsia Hussaini to share her story of how she reached to this point of her life. Shamsia Hussaini pursues a Master’s Program in International Development Administration at the Western Michigan University and used to work with the Administration Office of the President. Shamsia recalled her story as a girl who dreamt of attending school under the Taliban, as an immigrant on the move, and as an achiever. Her life is a story of courage in the face of hardship and cultural dogmas.
When asked what women’s role in creation of arts and culture is, Hasina Ehsan told that
women have historically been guardians, creators and consumers of arts and culture. She spoke of the warrior poet Malalai Maiwand and of Nadia Anjuman whose book Smokey Flower is popular in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. She further recalled...
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