Reading That Matters: March Book: I Am a Bacha Posh: My Life as a Woman Living as a Man in Afghanistan by Ukmina Manoori MarchMar 13 2023 12:00am - 12:00am1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, United States

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Monday, March 13, 2023, NEW TIME 3:30-5 pm
Shalom Parlor, Facilitator: Eileen Miller OSF

March Book:
I Am a Bacha Posh: My Life as a Woman Living as a Man in Afghanistan by Ukmina Manoori

In Afghanistan, there is a widespread practice of girls dressing as boys to play the role of a son. These children are called bacha posh: literally "girls dressed as boys." This practice offers families the freedom to allow their child to shop and work—and in some cases, it saves them from the disgrace of not having a male heir. But in adolescence, religion restores the natural law. The girls must marry, give birth, and give up their freedom.

Ukmina decided to confront social and family pressure and keep her menswear. This brave choice paved the way for an extraordinary destiny. This is a stunning and brave memoir about a little-known practice that will challenge your perceptions about gender and the courage it takes to live your life to the fullest.

The cost is $6 per discussion and does not include the book; the registration deadline is Friday, March 10.

  • Sr. Eileen Miller, OSF
    Organizer of Reading That Matters: March Book: I Am a Bacha Posh: My Life as a Woman Living as a Man in Afghanistan by Ukmina Manoori
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