By Women's Voices Now
On April 29, 2013, WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod delivered a guest lecture to a course on Arab Cinema at the Virginia Commonwealth School (VCU) of World Studies. At the invitation of Asst. Prof. Salwa Sheibany, Basch-Harod addressed the classroom on the basic tenets of Women’s Voices Now and its promotion of free expression through film, writing, and the arts.
The undergraduate course explores Arab culture, history, geography, politics, and gender issues through film and discussion. Basch-Harod emphasized that with knowledge comes power and responsibility, and that when we learn about different cultures and peoples in the world, we need to make smart decisions as to what we intend to do with that information. Especially, if we see ourselves as global citizens of the world, who are interconnected and influential each in his or her own right, knowledge and understanding needs to inform the involvement and activism we may pursue in our careers or personal interactions. This is particularly true when it comes to the complicated and worthy cause of women’s rights in Muslim-majority societies.
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