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One Woman’s Journey From Pakistan to the United States: A Struggle for Women’s Rights

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Center for Global Studies
Main Library, Room 106
Apr 11, 2019   10:00 - 11:30 am  
Naureen Butt
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Event Description: Naureen Butt will use the lens of first-person narrative to discuss the recent history of Pakistan, particularly the challenges faced by women during the rise of the Pakistani Taliban.  Born into an influential military family in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ms. Butt grew up during a period of important changes among the Pashtun people. In her talk, she will also share personal stories ranging from her childhood to her harrowing 20’s, and finally her arrival to the U.S.


Bio: Naureen Butt is currently a Regional Expertise & Cultural Instructor for the USAF Special Operations School at the Hurlburt Airforce Base in Florida. Formerly, she was a Subject Matter Expert at the Defence Language Institute in Washington, D.C. and has worked with several different government entities. She studied Political Science, Economics, World History, English, and Urdu at St. Joseph's College for Women in Karachi, Pakistan and Graphic Design at National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and later pursued a Masters in Fine Arts at George Washington University. 


Cosponsored by: The University of Illinois Army ROTC, The Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and The Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program

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