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Maliha Zulfacar, an expert on Afghanistan and on gender and ethnicity , will speak on "Afghan Women Victims of Cold War Politics" on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Reed’s Vollum lounge. The lecture, sponsored by Reed’s Robinson Fund for Human Rights and political science department, is free and open to the public.

Zulfacar, a sociology lecturer at the California Polytechnic Institute—San Luis Obispo, is the author of numerous articles on gender and ethnicity in the Middle East and Germany. She is also the author of Afghan Immigrants in the USA and Germany: A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Ethnic Social Capital (Lit, 1999).

An advocate for Afghan women’s rights, Zulfacar has worked with feminist organizations in the United States and France to fund scholarships for Afghan women. In June 2000, Zulfacar organized a conference of women who met with Afghan refugees to write a charter of Afghan women’s rights. She is currently working on a documentary about Afghan women under the Taliban regime.

An Afghan native, Zulfacar studied at the American International High School in Afghanistan and emigrated to the U.S. in 1966–one of the first four unmarried and unaccompanied Afghan women permitted to study abroad. In 1997, Zulfacar received her Ph.D. in sociology from Paderborn University in Germany. In much of her work, Zulfacar focuses on the dual stereotypes Moslem women face in developing nations and abroad: they must struggle both with outsiders’ perceptions of Moslem women and with sexism in their own countries.

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