Monday, March 12th
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Cardinal Room, Student Center East,
750 S. Halsted Street
Readings of poetry and prose written by participants in the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) will be performed and recited by UIC students. AWWP is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers women in Afghanistan by providing them with computer literacy, reading, and writing skills. While improving these skills, participants document their stories, which provides them with confidence and encouragement to make a difference in their communities. All proceeds support American women writers to provide secure online writing workshops to women in Afghanistan. Many participants do so in secret, hiding laptops under burqas or walking hours through Taliban territory to the group's safe space and Internet "cafe" in Kabul. The reading will be followed by a Q & A session with Valerie Wallace, a mentor and volunteer with AWWP. Free, but accepting donations (suggested $7-10). Visit awwproject.org for more information about the organization. Light refreshments will be served.
This event is sponsored by SWE, the Society of Women Engineers with the support of the UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center.