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Afghani Woman Speaks On Her Country and Religion

Student overcomes odds, speaks to HWS students

(April 12, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–In Afghanistan, despite the disbandment of the Taliban, many women are still too afraid to get an education and work. Few women, through hard work and determination, are able to overcome these fears and social taboos. Maliha Hassan is one of these women, one of only 11 sponsored by the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women to study in the United States.

If you've ever wondered what true passion and dedication look like, Maliha Hassan will appear on the Hobart and William Smith campus at noon on Friday, April 15, in the Fisher Center. Her lecture about the Western misconceptions of Afghan and Muslim women is sponsored by William Smith student Madeline Hoff as part of an assignment for Professor Susan Henking's Imagining Religions course. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Hassan has given many talks on Afghanistan's history and progress at Lock Haven University, and she was the featured speaker at the school's annual International Speaker Forum. Lock Haven's student newspaper, The Eagle Eye, wrote, after hearing her speak, that they were “impressed with her intelligence and her passion for her homeland.”

Hailing from Kabul, Afghanistan, Hassan is currently a graduate student in the master of liberal arts program at Lock Haven University and has worked with the United Nations on its interventions in Afghanistan. She received her bachelor of science degree in law and political science from Kabul University in Afghanistan and is considering getting her Ph.D. before returning to Afghanistan to work in the newly-formed Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul.