Sajia Darwish ’18

Sajia Darwish ’18 hails from Kabul, Afghanistan. She majors in international relations and aspires to be an activist for women’s rights—and to serve as an ambassador of Afghanistan elsewhere in the world. Her library project has been featured in the Huffington Post. One of her favorite quotes is by Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other' doesn’t make any sense.”

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October 13, 2016

Empowering myself—and other women

“Have you built a restaurant for the school?” a teacher asked on his first visit to the Baale Parwaz Library. I laughed in response. The space—bare except for some newly set up furniture—did not yet give off much of a library feeling. The books had not even been delivered yet. But his question revealed something even greater: a cultural lack of familiarity with an open, peaceful space for studying and collaborating.

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