Since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women have entered the media as reporters, directors, writers and producers. Misogyny still prevails in Afghanistan, but media have given women the means to influence public affairs by disseminating information about their social, economic and political realities. Mightier Than the Sword follows three young women who are using media to navigate a path towards gender equality in a nation deemed the most dangerous country for women in the world. Presented by SFU's Roberta Staley.
Roberta Staley is a Vancouver-based, award-winning magazine editor and writer with experience reporting from the developing world and conflict and post-conflict settings. Staley has reported from Afghanistan twice: in 2015 to film the documentary Mightier Than The Sword, and in 2012, where she undertook stories on literacy, gender equality, health and culture for magazine clients. She finished a master's degree at Simon Fraser University this spring in the Graduate Liberal Studies department.
This event is part of the SFU Shadbolt Graduate Liberal Studies Program Big Idea Seminar Series. These free seminar-style classes provide participants with an opportunity to revisit, rethink and reframe influential ideas of Western culture in light of current topics of social importance. Seminars are presented by the program's students, alumni and PhD candidates. Register online, in person, or by calling the Tommy Douglas Branch at 604-522-3971.