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December 10 is the United Nation's International Human Rights Day and each year Docs For Schools offers related content.

The theme this year is Human Rights of Girls In Afghanistan. We are pleased to partner with Human Rights Watch to present this program.

Two documentaries are available and on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2021, there will be a webinar presentation from a Human Rights Watch representative to offer insight into the present situation for girls in Afghanistan. Films suitable for Grades 5–12

Both of these popular docs have been offered in previous Docs For Schools and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival programs. Each offer students a sense of the challenges girls experienced, yet since the Taliban took over Afghanistan this past August, education for girls involves a murky future.

As a teacher, imagine facing your students, especially the girls, knowing that many would be unable to continue their education. Imagine having to tell the girls that their goals to become a teacher, a doctor, an accountant, a beautician, a musician are no longer a possibility. The door for girls’ aspirations, dreams and human rights have closed.

It is important that we know and see these stories. This may be happening far away, but we want to help teachers make the connection with these stories with empathy and understanding that the world is not divided into them and us. We all desire the same human rights.

Illustrated version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which you can share and discuss with your students.

Bookings for 2021 are closed.

Booking questions? Contact Elspeth Arbow
Program questions? Contact Lesley Sparks

2021 Films & Webinar

What Tomorrow Brings

  • D: Beth Murphy
  • Afghanistan, USA
  • 2015
  • 52 min
  • English & Dari, with English subtitles
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl)

Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl)

  • D: Carol Dysinger
  • UK
  • 2019
  • 39 min
  • Dari, with English subtitles

Live Webinar, December 10, 11AM

Join us on the United Nation’s International Human Rights Day. Our guest will be Human Rights Watch Associate Asia Director Patricia Gossman, who will be discussing the situation for girls in Afghanistan today. 

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Thank you to Human Rights Watch for their partnership and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO for their patronage and support of this program.

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