BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A former board member of Amnesty International USA and prominent
attorney and human rights activist, Rafia Zakaria, will speak March 2 at Illinois
Zakaria is the first Muslim American woman to serve two consecutive terms on the Board
of Directors of Amnesty International USA. Zakaria is a columnist for DAWN, Pakistan’s most widely read English-language newspaper, and has published work in
The New York Times, The Progressive, and many other publications. She is also the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (Beacon Press, 2015), a memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Her research
as an author, attorney, and activist focuses on Sharia law as it is implemented among
Muslim communities in Western countries and within the U.S. court system.
Zakaria’s presentation, entitled “Honor Killing: How Telling the Stories Does Not
End the Crimes,” will be held at 4 p.m. March 2 in the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames
Library. The event is free and open to the public.