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Friday, October 1 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why We Must Fight for Women’s Rights Long After the Headlines have Faded

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As the fanfare surrounding the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover of the country dies down, people are already moving on to the next notable news story. However, women everywhere, from Afghanistan to the United States, continue to face subjugation, oppression, and discriminatory practices; whether the international media is watching or not. The fight against women’s rights is much bigger than the present conflict in Afghanistan, yet we continue to fall short in our obligation to support and listen to women when claiming to work for their equitable treatment in society. Join us to hear executive director of the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University Lina AbiRafeh speak on how we consistently fail in our fight for women’s rights, and what we need to do to start succeeding.

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Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

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Lina AbiRafeh

Executive Director, Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University
Dr. Lina AbiRafeh is the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University, based in New York and Lebanon. She has served in this position since 2015. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab reg... Read More →

Friday October 1, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT