Talks @ Pulitzer: Mellissa Fung on Education in Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 05:30am EDT (GMT -0400)

Join us on Wednesday, June 18, for a conversation with award-winning journalist Mellissa Fung on education for women and girls in Afghanistan.

Today, millions of Afghan girls are going to school, compared to none in 2001 under the Taliban — a tremendous accomplishment for a country torn apart by war. Women are also making advances in higher education, politics, and society generally. In 2013, Fung traveled to Afghanistan to explore new threats to education initiatives with the pending departure of U.S. forces from the country.

In her Pulitzer Center-supported project "Facing Fears: Afghanistan on the Brink," Fung found that Afghans are facing the pullout with increasing trepidation. Will the Taliban sense a vacuum of power and try to turn the country back a dozen years? What will happen to all the hard work done for girls' education if the security situation deteriorates? What kind of future awaits Afghanistan's daughters after 2014?

For Fung, the project and her return to Afghanistan came five years after she spent 28 days as a hostage of the Taliban.

Please reserve your seat today: rsvp@pulitzercenter.org—specify in subject line: "June 18 Talks @ Pulitzer."

Wednesday, June 18

Pulitzer Center

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 615

Washington, DC 20036

Closest Metro: Dupont Circle

The event will be livestreamed using Google Hangout on Air. Watch above (refresh the page if you do not see a video) or on YouTube. Tweet your questions to @pulitzercenter.

This talk is part of a special series of talks @ pulitzer on issues affecting women and children. The series kicked off in April 2014 with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Larry C. Price and his work on child labor in the gold mining industry. Other events in the series will feature the work of Pulitzer Center journalists Katherine Zoepf on Saudi women entering the workforce, Steve Sapienza on sex workers in Cambodia who are battling stigma and HIV, and Amy Toensing on widows in India who are both unwanted and unprotected.