Today, more than 60 million girls around the world are out of school, and many more face daily challenges in obtaining an education.
In the developing world, girls face many barriers to obtaining an education that include: poverty, violence, social taboos, and crisis situations like war and natural disaster. Some of these barriers are poignantly examined in the documentary He Named Me Malala, which tells the personal story of women’s education advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Malala, a young girl who grew up in Swat Valley, Pakistan, was nearly killed when members of the Taliban attempted to take her life for speaking out about girls’ right to obtain an education. Malala survived, and she and her family relocated to the United Kingdom where she is now finishing her studies and continuing her advocacy work on behalf of girls all over the globe.
While barriers to women’s education in developing countries can be overwhelming (and often frightening), subtle but pervasive barriers are still faced by women in western countries like the United States. Through research, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has identified a number of these barriers that include: biases towards women in the sciences, sexual harassment, as well as access to and support during community college. The American Association of University Women works within the United States to advance equity for women and girls, particularly through education.
Whether globally, or here at home, it’s clear that many women still face challenges in their pursuit of learning.
To gain a deeper understanding of women and girls’ struggle for education, on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 pm, the Greenburgh Public Library will host a community conversation with panelists who are experts in women’s cultural issues and women’s education. Panelists include Selena Barron, of the American Association of University Women (Westchester Branch), and Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, local surgeon, Co-founder and Board Member of the American Muslim Women’s Association, and the Center for Jewish Christian and Muslim Understanding.
The panel will be moderated by Greenburgh resident Zeena Gupta, and will address topics related to the cultural context of women’s education, public awareness, and progress. The topics, and many of the questions the panelists will address, were formed from the community discussion that took place after last month’s screening of He Named Me Malala, here at the library. There will be time for additional audience questions at the end of the conversation.
No registration is required! All are welcome!