Human Rights Pioneer Sima Samar on Afghanistan

simasamarAt 7pm at the Tower Theatre April 26, Sima Samar, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will discuss women’s rights in the war ravaged country.

Samar was the first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University in 1982, but fled to Pakistan two years later during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. During her 17 years in Pakistan, she became a leader for educating Afghan women and girls and has since been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. In 2002, Samar served as the Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs for the Interim Administration of Afghanistan. Ousted by religious conservatives, she now chairs the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and serves as the United Nations special envoy to Darfur, Sudan.

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A catered reception with Samar begins at 4:30pm at Mockingbird Gallery. Tickets for the reception and preferred seating at the Tower Theatre are $75. The event is limited to 30 guests. For tickets, contact 541-383-7257 or

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