In recognition of International Day of the Girl, English Language Fellow Jessica Griner collaborated with the Public Affairs Office of the Kigali U.S. Embassy to discuss culture and human rights. Griner’s discussion focused around Chimamanda Adichie’s TEDx Talk “We Should All Be Feminists.”

The group of 25 Rwandan students and workers used Adichie’s lecture to discuss the idea that “culture does not make people, people make culture,” and the modernization of both human and women’s rights. The town-hall style discussion allowed participants to discuss their own cultural evolution.

Participants enjoyed the discussion, which allowed students and workers alike to practice their English in an expressive manner. “[Adichie] understands what it is to be an African female,” Iris, a Young Emerging Scholar participant, said.

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