Public lectures and events

Saturday Forum | Mightier than the Sword Documentary Screening and Discussion

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 1:00 PM

Since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women have entered the media as reporters, directors, writers and producers. Misogyny still prevails in Afghanistan, but all forms of media have given women the means to influence public affairs by disseminating information about women’s social, economic and political realities and by challenging conservative ways of thinking. 

Mightier Than the Sword is a documentary about Afghan female journalists and filmmakers and their impact on gender equality. The film shows the West that, despite criticism of Canadian involvement in Afghanistan since 9/11, and deep regret over lives lost, the sacrifice has resulted in positive change. The steps towards a more equitable society may be small, but they are in the right direction. Admission to these forums is free and open to all adults.

This free event is co-sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society.

Date(s): Sat, Jun 17, 1–3 p.m.

Location: Room 1900, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: Free and open to all adults, but please register.

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Roberta Staley

    Roberta Staley is completing her Master’s degree in graduate liberal studies at SFU. She is an award-winning, independent magazine writer, and editor of the Canadian Chemical News, a national publication presenting the latest on innovation and research in the chemical sciences sector. Specializing in health and science stories, Staley also reports from such conflict and post-conflict zones as Colombia, Haiti, Cambodia, South Africa and, most recently, Afghanistan, where she shot the documentary Mightier Than the Sword. She is also working on the multimedia presentation Bitter Sweet, about the effect of Coke and Pepsi on the oral health of Aboriginal children in British Columbia as well as children in the developing world. Staley teaches magazine writing at Douglas College in New Westminster. 



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