The Raizman Lecture Featuring Jenny Nordberg

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The Women’s Institute at Chatham University presents the Raizman Lecture featuring Jenny Nordberg, author of "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan.”

In Afghanistan, where society is ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as a failure. But there is a third kind of child – girls raised as boys – using gender to resist the Taliban. Jenny Nordberg, the award-winning journalist, author, and TV producer who broke this story for The New York Times, will speak about Afghan women and girls living with almost no rights and little freedom, but using gender as a form of cultural resistance. Set against the violent backdrop of America’s longest war, her book follows Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected in their teens to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. But some refuse to rescind their male prerogatives in what the UN calls the world’s most dangerous country to be a woman.

Nordberg has worked all over the world, investigating topics such as the global financial crisis, nuclear proliferation, foreign aid, human trafficking, and aspects of “the war on terror,” as well as many human rights issues. Her book has been translated into ten languages and has already won numerous prizes. Don’t miss this chance to hear her speak! There will be plenty of time for Q&A and book signing as well.

Community Partners include:
• American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fox Chapel Area
• Coro Pittsburgh / Women in Leadership
• Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA
• GlobalPittsburgh
• InSisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh
• League of Women Voters
• Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
• Strong Women, Strong Girls
• Three Rivers Community Foundation
• Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern PA
• Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
• Women’s Law Project
• Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh
• The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
• YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
• Zonta Club of Pittsburgh
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By: Women's Institute

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