Ms. Yasmin Roofi, Assistant Professor, Islamia University, Bahawlpur, Pakistan

Monday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.

Location: West Wing, Reception and discussion

Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program brings Yasmin Roofi to discuss her research focused on issues of importance to Pakistan, including inter-faith harmony, ethnic dilemmas in the region, women’s rights, and the lack of health care facilities in remote areas. Roofi was not only the first woman in her family to attend a university – she went on to earn a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Political Science, and is now a lecturer in the Political Science Department at Islamia University in Bahawalpur. For Roofi, education has not only been a personal priority, but something she views as a key investment in Pakistan’s future. After returning from her visit to the U.S. in 2005, Roofi became coordinator of her university’s newly created Gender Studies department, through which she helped to establish a series of free health clinics in traditionally isolated and neglected regions of Pakistan.

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All are invited. Light refreshments will be served.