At a time when Taliban, Afghanistan, oppression of women and Islamophobia are featured in American news, people feel it’s important to learn more about these topics from someone with authentic personal experience and knowledge.


Humaira's presentations provide an informative timeline that include political, historical, and cultural details about Afghanistan, Taliban, Afghan women, women in Muslim countries and issues of gender equality in Muslim countries.

 

I had the pleasure of hearing Humaira Ghilzai speak about the history of Afghanistan, how the political atmosphere has affected women’s rights and the political upheaval this has caused. She clearly articulates what is a very complex political and social history uniting the audience with personal anecdotes of her own family history. Her own journey from Afghanistan to the US as a young child is a story that every woman should hear.
— Catherine Robinson, High Tech Executive
Screening of "Women War and Peace" — Humaira on a panel.                                            

Screening of "Women War and Peace" — Humaira on a panel.                                            

Panel on Afghan Women  in Hayward, California — Heidi Kuhn, Cheryl Jennings, Aisha Wahab, Humaira and Fariba Nawa

Panel on Afghan Women  in Hayward, California — Heidi Kuhn, Cheryl Jennings, Aisha Wahab, Humaira and Fariba Nawa

New Strands Festival at A.C.T. San Francisco - Saturday January 23, 8:00pm

Humaira  interviews author Khaled Hosseini about the adaptation of his beloved second book, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, for stage. 


Speaking Events:

November 2, 2017  -  Stanford Women's Club San Francisco, Fort Mason

October 21, 2017 - NextStep Educational Consultant, San Francisco

January 2018 - Santa Clara University (Details TBD) 

April 18, 2018 - Century Club, San Francisco

 


PRESENTATION TOPICS:

  • Afghanistan’s 100 year History—Through Afghan Women’s Eyes
  • Perspective on Gender Equality in Afghanistan
  • My Pilgrimage to Mecca, As a Secular Woman
  • Muslim Women Fighting for Small Piece of The Pie
  • Opening Schools In Rural Afghanistan
  • Afghan Culture, Food and Cultural Heritage
  • Advancing Boys Leads to Empowering Girls
  • Inside Perspective: Life As An Afghan Woman

Women's National Book Association, Featured Member Interview with Humaira Ghilzai


 

 

 

 

I was completely captivated by Humaira’s presentation about Afghanistan, past and present. Although I knew very little about Afghanistan before I sat down, by the end I had a much clearer picture of the history and political atmosphere over the last 100 years, with special relevance to Afghan women’s issues. Complemented by a vivid slide show that mixed personal stories into the larger historical landscape, Humaira deftly presented an interesting timeline of a fascinating country.
— Martha Conway, Author of award winning novel, THIEVING FOREST
One City, One Book—San Francisco Public Library New York Times best selling author, Tamim Ansary, Humaira and Mo Qayoumi, Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani

One City, One Book—San Francisco Public Library

New York Times best selling author, Tamim Ansary, Humaira and Mo Qayoumi, Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani

"Inside Perspective: Life As An Afghan Woman" — Humaira speaks about Afghanistan's history from women's perspective  

"Inside Perspective: Life As An Afghan Woman" — Humaira speaks about Afghanistan's history from women's perspective

 


"Humaira Ghilzai brings personal experience and knowledge to her engaging presentations on the history and people of Afghanistan. Her well-organized facts are compelling and clear, enhanced with images in a slide show. Humaira does not overburden the audience with information, but focuses them on the topic at hand. Seeking dialogue with her audience, Humaira is successful in demystifying the history and politics of Afghanistan, answering questions with the authority that can only come from direct experience. Her presentation is a sharing, not a lecturing, that leaves everyone richer in understanding."

—Kate Farrell, President, San Francisco Chapter--Women's National Book Association, Librarian, Author, Storyteller


PRESS AND SPEAKING INQUIRIES

humairaghilzai@gmail.com or by phone 415-269-5252


PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

World Affairs Council ~ Global Fund For Women  ~  The Asia Foundation  ~  Dining For Women  ~  UC Berkeley  ~  Sonoma Salon  

Golden Threads Theater ~ San Francisco Writer's Conference ~ Women's National Book Association ~ American Conservatory

Theater ~ New Strands Festival ~ Berkeley Public Library  ~  San Jose State University  ~ Cal State University East Bay  

Women for Women ~ San Jose Repertory Theatre  ~  Arizona Theatre Company ~  Thunderbird University  ~  Urban High School

San Francisco Library  ~  Albany Elementary School  ~  San Francisco Friends School  ~  Adda Clevenger ~ The Strand

Rebuild Afghanistan Summit ~ Lick Wilmerding High School ~ American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco

Humaira speaks at the San Francisco Writer's Conference