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Change agents speak out for women at Rotary event


Online at Wicked Local: Three speakers who helped advance the cause of women shared their stories when the Concord and Nashoba Valley Rotary clubs hosted a forum on the education and empowerment of girls and women January 22 at Fenn School.

Speaking to the theme “The Power of Change” were the founder of a free school for girls in Afghanistan, the founder of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day campaign and a district governor of Rotary International. The forum coincided with the 25th year of women gaining admittance to Rotary.

Afghanistan native Razia Jan lived in Duxbury for 40 years before Sept. 11, 2001. She was an active Rotarian with a small business. But in January 2002, she went back and couldn’t believe what had happened to the once-progressive country after 40 years of war. “It was a terrible situation for girls,” said Jan. “I saw so much cruelty. Boys were so abusive.” Read the full article here.

Keeping our students warm

Thanks to your support, many of our students recently received warm jackets, socks, and winter boots. Thank you for keeping our girls warm during the cold Afghan winter!