Canceled: She dressed as a boy to learn; now she dares to teach Afghan girls

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, internationally recognized advocate for education of girls and women in developing countries, is co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan.

She was to speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester, Ind., campus of Manchester University. She is unable to come. The program will be replaced.

Shabana's family valued the importance of education for all of their children – sons and daughters – and arranged for Shabana to study disguised as a boy in order for her to attend a secret school in Kabul.

Shabana completed her studies in the United States, and has established SOLA to work for the education of girls and women in Afghanistan.

To see her TEDxWomen speech, click here.

Sponsored primarily by the Peace Studies Institute. Visit coordinated with the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

March 3, 2015 (Updated March 23, 2015)

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