The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet

Date: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
The Philadelphia Inquirer 801 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Despite over a decade of American intervention, attempting to instill democratic and Western values in the country of Afghanistan, tensions between ethnic groups continue to plague the Afghan people and women continue to be submitted to some of the harshest treatment in the world.

Exemplifying both of these issues, grounded mutually in culture and religion, is the true story of the lovers Zakia and Ali. Belonging to different tribes, Zakia and Ali had to defy both their families and Afghan civil and Islamic law in order to be together, however, not without the threat from Zakia’s family that they would kill her in order to restore the family’s honor.

Rod Nordland, former Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, brings us this story which does for women’s rights what Malala’s story did for women’s education. Rod comes to the Council to describe the crossroads Afghanistan now faces, a place where fundamentalist Islamic culture continues to reign while dealing with Western influence. How will these opposing forces shape the country and its human rights policies for the future?

Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will sit in discussion with Mr. Nordland.

Categories
Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Topic: 
Arts and Culture
Topic: 
History and Preservation
Topic: 
Literature
Topic: 
Democracy
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International Relations
Topic: 
Global Crisis
Topic: 
Human Rights
Topic: 
Foreign Policy/Diplomacy
Global Region: 
Afghan