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Right to Play Lecture - All Invited
Submitted By Dwayne Orth on Monday, October 8, 2018
We have been asked to share an invite to those interested in attending the 2018 Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Service lecture on November 7th in Hagey Hall Theatre of the Humanities.
This year’s speaker is Zahra Mahmoodi, Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play Canada and former captain of the Afghanistan national women’s soccer team. She will be delivering a talk titled Forbidden Dream: The Fight for Women’s Right to Play and we expect it will be an insightful talk with lots of time for questions and discussion to follow.

Please learn more and register here 



Forbidden Dream: the Fight for Women's Right to Play

Zahra Mahmoodi was born in Iran as an Afghan refugee, and grew up knowing that she was forbidden to pursue some of her dreams because she was a girl. At age 10, she discovered a love for the beautiful game but her school didn't allow girls to play and she didn't think she would ever touch a soccer ball again. Then, her father began making soccer balls in his workshop...

When her family moved back to Afghanistan in 2004, Zahra introduced soccer to other girls and fearlessly defended their right to play the game they loved. Eventually, she and her friends established the first women's soccer team of Afghanistan. Zahra became captain and one of Afghanistan's first ever professional athletes.

Her fight for women's rights in the traditional society of a war torn country eventually attracted international media attention. Zahra used her global platform to advocate for others and in 2013 she was honored with the Muhammad Ali Six Core Principles Humanitarian Award in the spirituality category for her efforts to promote peace and gender equality through sports.

Don't miss this insightful and thought provoking discussion about the rights of women and girls and the important role that sport can play in advancing development.

This is a free public lecture open to any interested individuals or groups but please register in advance at: https://knowleslecture18.eventbrite.ca 

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