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It’s Not a Moment. It’s a REVOLUTION.

January 29, 2023 11:00 am
- 03:00 pm
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On January 29, 2023, the Middle Eastern & South Asian Association (MESAA) will convene a symposium to discuss women’s rights in Afghanistan, Iran, and other parts of the world. We will examine the legacies left behind by renowned human rights activists, Professor Hamida Barmaki and Mahboba Hoqoqmal. We will also discuss the current women’s rights revolution happening in both Afghanistan and Iran.

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Questions? Feel free to contact McGeorge MESAA at mcgeorgemesaa20@gmail.com


TENTATIVE EVENT TIMELINE

11:00 - 11:05 a.m. Introduction

  • Fahim Barmaki, Doctoral Student at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Mondis A. Vakili, Juris Doctor Candidate 2023 at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Mondis is the President of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Association and Women's Caucus at McGeorge.

11:05 - 11:17 a.m. Fahim Barmaki, Doctoral Candidate at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

11:17 - 11:32 a.m. Dr. Sima Samar, Former Minister of Women's Affairs and Chairperson of (AIHRC) in Afghanistan

11:32 - 11:47 a.m. Nader Naderi, Former Chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan

11:47 a.m. - 12:02 p.m. Dr. Tilmann Röder, Institute for Law and Society in Afghanistan (ILSAF)

12:02 - 12:12 p.m. Break

12:12- 12:57 p.m. Iranian American Women Foundation speakers

  • Gissou Nia, Director of Strategic Litigation Project at the Atlantic Council
  • Sepi Shyne, Mayor of West Hollywood, the first Iranian female Mayor in the State of California and the first LGBTQ+ Iranian Mayor in the world
  • Moderator: Shally Zomorodi, Fox 5 San Diego News Anchor

12:57 - 1:12 p.m. Dr. Omar Sadr, Senior Research Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, Former Assistant Professor at American University of Afghanistan

1:12 - 1:27​​​​​​​ p.m. Ghizal Haress, Assistant Professor of Law at American University of Afghanistan

1:27 - 1:37 p.m. Break

1:37 - 1:52 p.m. Spojmie Stanekzai, Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, Fowler School of Law

1:52 - 2:07​​​​​​​ p.m. Tarana Parshahri, First Secretary of Afghanistan Embassy in Ashgabat-Turkmenistan

2:07 - 2:22 p.m. Shamim Noori Joyaa, Afghanistan Airforce Fighter Pilot 

2:22 - 2:32 p.m. Anisa Amani, Teacher and Educator 

2:32 - 2:47​​​​​​​ p.m. Fahim Barmaki, Doctoral Student at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

2:47 - 2:52 p.m. Mondis A. Vakili, Juris Doctor Candidate 2023 at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Mondis is the President of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Association and Women's Caucus at McGeorge.

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