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SLU, Afghan Students Talk Politics in International Debate

Technology allowed students at the University to speak face-to-face with students from Kabul University, Karwan University, Kardan University and Kabul Polytechnic University during a discussion about the role of women in society.

The Center for Intercultural Studies and the Center for Global Citizenship hosted an international debate on affirmative action Feb. 6 as part of Black History Month.

The topic of debate was "Based on the U.S. history with Affirmative Action, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan should implement affirmative action policies to ensure that Afghan women and marginalized groups have the educational and employment opportunities throughout Afghan society."

Saint Louis University students took part in the event with students from Kabul University, Karwan University, Kardan University and Kabul Polytechnic University. A dialogue followed the debate, discussing the desire to create spaces for and between people in local communities and across continents.

"What you just witnessed is not an ordinary event - what happened in the last hour or so is extraordinary by any standards," said Shoaib Rahim, a veteran debate coach from the American University of Afghanistan. "A thing as simple as debate and exchanging ideas can be very, very powerful and meaningful to a society that has unfortunately not had the exposure it needs."

 

 

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