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4/4/2017 Goldin to welcome Afghan women’s rights advocate to State House today
Noorjahan Akbar visiting to speak at Lincoln School
STATE HOUSE –  Sen. Gayle L. Goldin will welcome Noorjahan Akbar, an outspoken women’s rights advocate from Afghanistan, to the State House this afternoon along with students from Lincoln School in Providence.

The Kabul native is the founder of Free Women Writers, a collective of Afghan women writers and students working for gender equality in Afghanistan and has advocated for women’s rights in Afghanistan since she was a teenager. She is visiting Lincoln School to speak this evening as part of its Visiting Speaker Series and to participate in the school’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day tomorrow.

Akbar and a group of Lincoln students will visit the State House today, Tuesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Lounge. The media is welcome.

Senator Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence), whose district includes the school, has partnered with Lincoln School to arrange the State House visit.

Akbar is a longtime champion of women’s rights, working for equal access to education, and working with local and global organizations to further women’s economic and social empowerment. She has organized protests and worked with local and global organizations focusing on women’s social and economic empowerment. She was one of Glamour magazine’s College Women of the Year in 2013, one of Forbes’ 100 Women Changing the World and one of The Daily Beast’s Women Who Shake the World. She has written for and appeared on Al Jazeera, The New York Times and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.

Akbar’s speech at Lincoln School is free and open to the public through the support of the Joseph R. and Jeffrey R. Paolino Fund. It will be today at 7 p.m. at the school, 301 Butler Ave., Providence. For more information and to make a reservation, visit

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923