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CafeLitt 197: Beyond the Borqa, A documentary

Thu 10 Feb 2011, 19:00, by Dr. Roksana Bahramitash, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
This documentary examines the problems in post-Taliban Afghanistan. It is the result of many hours of interviews with political activists, scholars and policy-makers inside the country. Key interviewees include: members of the Afghan Women's Network; Roshan Selan, the female candidate who received the largest percentage of the popular vote in the Loya  Jerga (Lower House) of the transitional government; and Jamileh Mojahid, secretary of the Loya Jerga and head of Afghan Women's Radio. I also interviewed Kabul University professors and Afghan international staff of the UN. The documentary was produced to provide vital information to policy-makers, researchers and political activists.

Documentary Trailer

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Dr. Roksana Bahramitash earned her PhD in Sociology from McGill University. She is the winner of many awards such as the Eileen D. Ross award (2003-04). Her Post doctoral research was selected by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as one of the three most distinguished research projects in Canada and submitted to the Canadian parliament. In 2006 she won a three-year research grant from the SSHRC. Bahramitash has taught at McGill University and Concordia University and worked with several international development agencies including the Canadian Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her first book was "Liberation from Liberalization: Gender and Globalization in Southeast Asia" (Zed, 2005, reprinted in India 2008). This book has been translated into Persian and published by SAMT as a university text book. Her recent books are entitled ``Veiled Employment: Islamism and the Political Economy of Women's Employment in Iran`` by Syracuse University Press (co-edited with Hadi S. Esfahani) 2011 and  ``Gender in Contemporary Iran: Pushing the Boundaries`` with  Routledge, (co-edited with Eric Hooglund) 2011. Bahramitash is now working on a World Bank funded project on female entrepreneurship.

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