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Tällberg Foundation Global 2015 Video
Jamila Afghani, Women’s Rights Activist in Afghanistan

After Sally Kitch nominated her for the prize, Jamila Afghani won the  Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize in November 2015.  Ms. Afghani was chosen for her work promoting a new understanding of women’s rights in Islam among her country’s imams. The Tällberg Foundation produced this video honoring her leadership.

Critical  Terms for the Study of Gender  Won the Outstanding Academic Title Award for 2015
Choice Magazine

CHOICE, the most important review journal for libraries, named  Critical Terms for the Study of Gender  as one of outstanding academic titles of 2015.  Given how many academic titles exist, about 7,000 published just last year, the book had quite a lot of competition!

Sally Kitch's entry, "Utopia" is included in Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, alongside the work of other scholars such as Judith Butler, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Joan W. Scott, and Catharine R. Stimpson. 

Sally Kitch named University Professor
ASU News  

“The IHR has a track record of taking on some of the most challenging problems we face as a global society,” he said. “We are grateful for Dr. Kitch’s work and are excited for her continued contributions to this thriving research enterprise.”
          -Interim Provost Mark Searle

Sally Kitch has been named University Professor at Arizona State University! To read the full ASU News article, click here .

'Bro' Adams: ASU on the 'leading edge' of humanities research
ASU News  

Adams’ visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) and kicked off a series of events and lectures that will continue through October. His keynote lecture, “The Future and Value of Humanities Research,” focused on the role the arts and culture play in our society, and how they can do more to address major challenges.

To read the full ASU News article about NEH Chairman Bro Adams' visit, the IHR's 10th anniversary, and Sally Kitch's vision for continued transdisciplinary humanities research, click here .

“A great university has to have a robust humanities program, and we’re fortunate that we have support from our president and resources for our faculty,” Kitch said. “Humanities scholars have a unique approach to the problems we face and can significantly help society as a whole.”

Contested Terrain Book Tour
 

Jamila Afghani Awarded the Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize  

"The challenges of the 21st century require new examples of leadership – innovative, principled, and courageous – to inspire, affirm, and motivate the world to take profound and necessary action," said Alan Stoga, Chairman of the Tällberg Foundation. "Jamila Afghani and Martín von Hildebrand provide just that kind of leadership, I am pleased that the jury recognized not only what they have accomplished, but what they are still working to do."
Jamila Afghani and fellow award recipient, Martín von Hildebrand, at the Tällberg Foundation award ceremony (Photo courtesy the Tällberg Foundation website)
"On November 11, the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of our Global Leadership Prize for 2015: Jamila Afghani from Afghanistan and Martín von Hildebrand from Colombia. Ms. Afghani was chosen for her work promoting a new understanding of women’s rights in Islam among her country’s imams. Mr. von Hildebrand was selected for his work to create an environmental corridor from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean as well as his continuing efforts to secure the rights of indigenous people in the Amazon.
 
The Tällberg Foundation, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, has launched the Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize to seek out, honor, and encourage great leaders, as well as reframe the debate on contemporary notions of leadership. The Prize will be awarded annually to two individuals, or institutions, that demonstrate principled leadership in the face of adversity, recognize the need to operate at the systems level, and create movements for change that have the potential to be replicated more broadly. An international jury selected this year’s leaders out of 225 nominations from 56 countries. Each Prize includes a stipend of $50,000."
 
To read more about the Tällberg Foundation, the Global Leadership Prize, or Jamila and her fellow award recipient, Martín von Hildebrand, click here .
 

Regents' Professor delves into plight of Afghan women in new book
ASU News  

Sally Kitch sat down with ASU News for a Q & A prior to the release of Contested Terrain. To read the full article, click here .

"I think that most Americans, unfortunately, including people who are policymakers in our government, have a picture of Afghan women as burka-clad, silent, repressed and powerless. And while there is certainly some truth to that characterization – especially in rural areas where a large part of the population does live – it is also the case that there have been women leaders and activists in Afghanistan for decades."

May 2015

Afghanistan’s Missing Link: Women Leaders
Foreign Policy  

May 2015

Sally Kitch write an op-ed for Foreign Policy about the irrefutable link between Afghani women's involvement in their country's politics and a future of growth and prosperity. To read the full article, click here . To download the PDF, click on the download button below.
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Contested Terrain: The Future of Afghan Women

Dr. Sally Kitch, Judge Marzia Basel, and Ms. Jamila Afghani participated in a panel discussion hosted by the New America Foundation and the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, DC. 
 
"With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and a new Afghan government having assumed power, what kind of future do Afghan women face? In her new book, Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, Sally L. Kitch explores the crisis in contemporary Afghan women's lives by focusing on the stories of Judge Marzia Basel and Ms. Jamila Afghani from 2005 through 2014, providing an oft-ignored perspective on the personal and professional lives of Afghanistan's women."
 
 
 

May 2015

Participants:
 
Dr. Sally L. Kitch
Founding Director, Institute for Humanities Research
Regents' Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University
Author, Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders
 
Dr. Kitch's work focuses on feminist theory and epistemology, the intellectual
history of gender and racial ideology, and the material effects of such repres-
entation on the lived realities of diverse women's lives.
 
Judge Marzia Basel (by video)
Founder, Afghan Women Judges Association
 
Judge Marzia Basel was swon in as a judge in 1995, just before the Taliban eliminated all women professionals in 1996. She was the founder of the Afghan Women Judges Association in 2003, an organization later banned by Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in 2007. She then worked for several international organizations in order to advance women’s rights through instruction in both civil and Shari'ah law. In 2008, she founded the Afghanistan Progressive Law Organization to fight injustices beyond the court system. In 2011 Marzia fled Afghanistan for fear of her life as a result of her work with international organizations. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she is seeking permanent residency. She remains involved in a number of organizations working on Afghan issues.
 
Ms. Jamila Afghani
Founder, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization
Founder, Afghan Women’s Islamic Network
Elected Member, Afghan NGO Humanitarian Country Team
 
Ms. Jamila Afghani is the founder of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, which promotes the rights of women and girls by working with families to support the acceptance of girls’ schooling in rural areas and with imams to instruct congregations in what the Qur’an says about women’s rights. She personally overcame many obstacles, including family members’ conservatism and a disability that affected her since early childhood. Though disruptive, her family’s emigration to Pakistan to escape the Afghan civil wars allowed Jamila to obtain a degree from Peshawar’s Jinnah College for Women and a master’s degree in international relations. Back in Afghanistan since 2002, Jamila established the Afghan Women’s Islamic Network, an NGO that aims to create a network where women with Islamic education can pool their knowledge and support one another. She was also an elected member, and the only Afghan member, of the Afghan NGO Humanitarian Country Team, which decided on the distribution of government funds and donations in emergency situations, and established her own Afghan Women’s Professional Education Institute, which she officially registered with the Ministry of Education.
 
Moderator: Peter Bergen
Director, International Security Program, New America

How to Promote Women’s Rights, in Afghanistan and Around the World
Foreign Policy 

"This year seems to be a year for taking stock of women's rights globally, but what does that mean for women in Afghanistan?"
 
Sally Kitch is featured in Elizabeth Weingarten's article about women's rights.
 
To read the full article, click here .
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June 2015

C-SPAN Book Discussion on Contested Terrain at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 

"Sally Kitch talked about her book, Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, about the experiences of two professional Afghan women and their plight following years of war and civil strife in the country. Marzia Bassel and Jamila Afghani, also participated in the discussion."
 
To watch the C-SPAN video, click here .
Participants: 

Dr. Sally L. Kitch
Founding Director, Institute for Humanities Research
Regents' Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University
Author, Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders

Judge Marzia Basel (by video)
Founder, Afghan Women Judges Association

Ms. Jamila Afghani
Founder, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization
Founder, Afghan Women’s Islamic Network
Elected Member, Afghan NGO Humanitarian Country Team
 

May 2015

Incorporating Islam Into The Afghan Feminist Movement
Huffington Post

June 2015

Sally Kitch and Jamila Afghani join Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, in a Huffington Post interview about feminism in Afghanistan. 
 
Click here to view the full video and article. 

Jamila Afghani is Educating Imams in Afghanistan on the Value of Women in Islam (All Together Podcast)
Huffington Post

jamila Afghani and Sally Kitch join Huffington Post's Paul Brandeis Raushenbush on HuffPost's All Together Religion Podcast. 
 
Click here to listen to the full podcast.

 
June 2015

Jamila Afghani gives Women's New Interview: "In Afghanistan, Danger Stalks Gender Imam Training"

"Facing a culture of bribery and constant threats on herself and her family, Jamila Afghani looks back on more than five years of helping religious leaders in Afghanistan preach to women in a gender-respectful way. And she worries about her country becoming a 'second Iraq.'"
 
To read the full article, click here .
 

Ms. Jamila Afghani
Founder, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization
Founder, Afghan Women’s Islamic Network
Elected Member, Afghan NGO Humanitarian Country Team
 

June 2015

Ms. Jamila Afghani is the founder of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, which promotes the rights of women and girls by working with families to support the acceptance of girls’ schooling in rural areas and with imams to instruct congregations in what the Qur’an says about women’s rights. She personally overcame many obstacles, including family members’ conservatism and a disability that affected her since early childhood. Though disruptive, her family’s emigration to Pakistan to escape the Afghan civil wars allowed Jamila to obtain a degree from Peshawar’s Jinnah College for Women and a master’s degree in international relations. Back in Afghanistan since 2002, Jamila established the Afghan Women’s Islamic Network, an NGO that aims to create a network where women with Islamic education can pool their knowledge and support one another. She was also an elected member, and the only Afghan member, of the Afghan NGO Humanitarian Country Team, which decided on the distribution of government funds and donations in emergency situations, and established her own Afghan Women’s Professional Education Institute, which she officially registered with the Ministry of Education.

How One Amazing Afghan Woman Is Making Huge Strides For Equality
Refinery 29

June 2015

Meredith Clark wrote an article for Refinery 29 about Jamila Afghani's activism. To read the full article, click here .