Noorjahan Akbar Asks Hun School Students to Participate in Women’s Rights Activism
The Hun School of Princeton hosted gender equality activist and Afghan-born Noorjahan Akbar on Tuesday, April 7thas part of the Centennial Speaker Series: A Global Perspective. Ms. Akbar is a leading figure in the fight for women’s rights in Afghanistan. During her presentation, Ms. Akbar explained the reality of gender inequality around the world and asked all students to consider their responsibility as gender equality activists. Ms. Akbar is currently in pursuit of Master of Arts degree in journalism and public affairs with a concentration in international journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.
“The ways in which we view gender is a global problem. The fact that we see women as weaker [than men] is a global perception that we need to fight against,” said Ms. Akbar. “The more I’ve traveled around the world, the more I realized how worthwhile this cause is. So, I’m here to convince you to also be a women’s rights activist, to be an egalitarian, to be somebody who works for equal rights.”
She continued, “If every little community looks at itself, if every little village analyzes how it can be more equal, it is going to become better globally. You all have a huge responsibility as the new generation of America. Look at your communities, look at your country, and look at how you are making an impact. Be more aware citizens. And, start at a local level.”
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.