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Volume 4 • Number 14
March 24, 2003
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Afghan Woman's Personal Account

The first Afghan woman to publish an English memoir about her native land will discuss her experiences during a program at EKU on Tuesday, April 1.

Forooka Gauhari will present "Women in Islamic Society: An Afghan Woman's Personal Account" at 6:30 p.m. in Posey Auditorium. This is the first of a two-part series on "The Effect of Oppression and Violence on Women" sponsored by the Law & Justice Forum.

Gauhari's personal account covers searching for her missing husband, watching her home country topple, seeing the Afghan woman's presence in politics shrink, witnessing the government institutionalize repression and gradually deciding to take her family and leave the country.

"Today I am torn between two nations," she told the (Waterbury, Conn.) Republican- American last year. "A country that provided me an education with the hope that I would someday help and save the younger generation (and a) second nation that extended an arm and lifted me from the ground and helped my children become the people they wanted to be."

Now a U.S. citizen, Gauhari is coordinator for the physiology-anatomy and freshman biology department at the University of Omaha. She holds degrees from Kabul University in Afghanistan, where she taught biology, and Auburn University, as well as English Language Certificates from the American University of Beirut and Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pa.). Her book, "Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman's Odyssey," was published in 1997 by the University of Nebraska Press.

This fall, the second part of the series will focus on the effect of violence on women in Kentucky.