MARQUETTE – Farahnaz Nazir, an Afghan woman who is currently living in exile in Canada, will present “Changing Role of Women in a Changing Afghanistan” at Northern Michigan University. She will speak from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Nicolet, Cadillac and Brule rooms in the University Center.  A light lunch will be served by the College of Professional Studies.

            Unlike many women in Afghanistan, Nazir was allowed by her family to receive an education.  She holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Ukraine, and has been working to bring the same opportunity to the women of Afghanistan. 

Nazir was the only woman in the village of Kohje Bahawudine to refuse to wear the burkah, which is the traditional head-to-toe covering that women are required to wear in that country.  She founded the Afghanistan Women’s Association in 2001, which emphasized education for women and offered classes for a variety of topics, including hygiene.  Authorities demanded that Nazir cease her work. When she began to receive death threats, she, her husband and two children fled to Iran.  Shortly after, Canada offered them asylum, and they were airlifted to their current residence in London, Ontario.

            This free event is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Golden Z Club, All Nations Club and Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  For more information, contact the International Affairs Office at 227-2510.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz