Beyond being the first regional liberal arts institution in Southern Asia, the Asian University for Women is a place where women from across the region can go to learn, share ideas, and get a superior education so they can follow their own dreams, whether they lead out into the world, or back to their villages. The school, located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, has programs in art, history, literature and any other program they would find at any top-notch university across the globe. The former first lady of Great Britain, Cherie Blair, is the Chancellor of the University and the current first lady of Japan, Akie Abe, has recently signed on as a Patron of the school.
Why am I telling you this? I mention it because on March 20th, people in Tokyo will have the singular experience to meet two girls who attend this amazing school.
The AUW Japan Support Group will screen the film “Peace Unveiled” part of the American PBS Series “Women, War and Peace.” The segment is about the process of peace in Afghanistan and how women played, and continue to play a key role in the making of a modern day nation. In addition to the film, the two girls, who will travel all the way to Tokyo from Bangladesh to tell their stories, will speak, along with the Vice-Chancellor of the school, Ms. Fahima Aziz. One of the girls is originally from Afghanistan and is prepared to speak about the actual situation on the ground.
Here is a Facebook listing of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/335839793194270/?fref=ts
This is not the first time the Japan Support Committee has held an event here in Tokyo – we did one in 2010 where I had the privilege of spending time with the two young women from Bangladesh. Here’s the story on my last meeting with AUW students and the joy it brought: http://aimeeweinstein.blogspot.jp/2010/04/beyond-writing-education.html
If you live in Tokyo, please consider attending the event. It’s a national holiday in Japan, and so we’re having the screening in the late afternoon to accommodate holiday revelry and the need to go to work the following day. For more information you can reply here, or email Katsuki Sakai, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can promise you that seeing the film and hearing these girls speak in person will be an experience you will never forget.