UFV Walk-out in support of Afghan women

To mark two years since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, CHASI and members of the Afghan community staged a university walk-out. The focus was on supporting Afghan women, who have been banned from attending high school since September 2021 and university since December 2022. Afghan activist Sahar Maqsoodi joined the event, sharing the realities of the situation in her home country and the impact of such demonstrations of support.

This walk-out was a piece of CHASI’s larger discussion around the current situation in Afghanistan.

About Sahar Maqsoodi:

Sahar Maqsoodi is an Afghan human rights activist and writer. She is currently doing her bachelor’s degree in International and Global studies at the American University of Afghanistan. She is also a storytelling award winner from Girl Up, a global movement that works to advance gender equality and empower girls. She has worked with different youth led organizations in Afghanistan such as Girls Towards Leadership to promote women’s rights and provide support for young Afghan girls in Afghanistan.

Sahar is currently working with the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society in Canada. With a deep-rooted belief in the power of education to empower marginalized communities, she is involved in several human rights initiatives focused on increasing access to education for girls and women.

Group photo of several dozen people, many holding signs in support of the women of Afghanistan. They are lined up to pose for a photo. Photo of Sahar Maqsoodi speaking to a crowd outdoors at UFV Photo of the crowd listening to Sahar. Many of them are holding signs. A second photo of the crowd gathered around Sahar, listening to her speak. The crowd waiting for the speech to start, standing in the shade of a tree, with protest signs. Photo of Sahar speaking, taken over the shoulders of several onlookers. Photo of Sahar and CHASI Lead Researcher Chelsea Klassen standing beside each other, holding a sign that says "we stand with Afghan women" with an illustration of a white dove.