F.M. Kirby Auditorium
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Fawzia Koofi, a leading candidate in the 2014 Afghan presidential elections and a noted activist for women and children’s rights, joins the Center for a powerful and moving conversation about her latest book, The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future. The first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan's parliament, Koofi will discuss her life experiences and the political and cultural climate in a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.
The 19th child of a village leader in rural Afghanistan, Koofi was left outside to die as a newborn. She survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Koofi overcame cultural misogyny, repressive Soviet and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother and husband, and numerous attempts on her life to become a leader in Afghanistan’s parliament. She will share her amazing story and her hope for the future of women in Afghanistan.
A book sale and signing will follow the program, courtesy of Joseph Fox Bookshop. Parking is available for $9.00 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets.
Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. Programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.