Women for Afghan Women (WAW) will host two screenings of 'He Named Me Malala' for the Afghan community in the New York area. This program will include an art project with our Girls' Leadership Program (GLP). The project will encourage young women to think creatively about the themes related to gender and religious stereotypes seen within the film. WAW will also host a public screening of 'He Named Me Malala' where the art projects created by the members of GLP will be on display.
Even if they live in the U.S., the vast majority of Afghan women and girls are victims of harmful stereotypes and traditional customs that deprive them of their rights and disempower them.
WAW seeks to address these stereotypes and transform local narratives about girls and education by using 'He Named Me Malala' to inspire constituents to think creatively about how such stereotypes impact them and girls around the world.
WAW aims to raise awareness of Malala Yousafzai's courage and resilience among local Afghans and use her story to highlight and reflect on the similar dangers Afghan girls face when pursuing education locally and in Afghanistan. WAW also hopes this project will inspire GLP participants to be advocates, not only for their own education but for the education of girls worldwide.