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Book Talk: The Journey of an Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education

Date & Time

Aug. 1, 2023
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Women and girls in Afghanistan have long struggled to maintain access to education. This memoir, Defiant Dreams: The Journey of an Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education, tells the story of Sola Mahfouz who faced political, cultural, and familial obstacles to educate herself for a more prosperous future.

Join us for a conversation with co-authors Sola Mahfouz and Malaina Kapoor about the status of girls under Taliban rule today in Afghanistan, and the global fight for women’s access to quality education. This event is co-hosted with the Wilson Center's Asia Program as part of the Hindsight Up Front Afghanistan initiative.

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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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