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World Affairs

Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere

In-Person Forum

Friday, September 10, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Karen Sherman has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo, and the former Soviet Union. Throughout her 30-year career in global development, Sherman has met and interviewed thousands of women.

Her book, "Brick by Brick -- Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere", tells the powerful story of seven of these women, who are building lives and raising families despite the brutal challenges of war, genocide, and inequality.

Karen began writing "Brick by Brick" during the year she spent living in Rwanda with her three sons to oversee the construction of a first-of-its-kind women’s opportunity center. Karen realized the struggles of the survivors she works with, were in fact the struggles of women everywhere: striving to balance work and family, fighting for real options and choices, and trying to make their voices heard. "Brick by Brick" is also a compelling personal story of Karen’s own journey and growth as a mother, professional, and wife.

Join us in-person at the City Club as we talk with Karen Sherman, author and President of the Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:30p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

After the forum, a book signing with Karen Sherman will be available. A Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit multicultural arts and literacy project, will be on site for book sales.

The City Club is going green! Click here for the digital program.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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