Type: Public event

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

A conversation with author Karen Sherman

Date & time

Nov 9, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public. Click here to view on YouTube.

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Susan D. Page and author Karen Sherman to discuss her book, Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere. Sherman has spent 30 years in global development 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. She 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. The strength of these women helped Karen find her own way—through conflict zones and confrontations with corrupt officials to a renewed commitment to her family.

From the speaker's bio:

Karen Sherman currently serves as President of the Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college, leading its strategy, growth, and partnerships. Prior to joining Akilah, Sherman was a senior executive at Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives. Sherman also served as the Executive Vice President at Counterpart International, an international nonprofit development organization that partners with local organizations to build inclusive, sustainable communities in which their people thrive. Sherman has been featured on BBC, CNBC Africa, Al Jazeera English, and Voice of America. 

Brick by Brick is available for purchase here. Use code RLFANDF30 to get a 30% discount. 

This event is hosted by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and co-sponsored by the African Studies Center and the International Policy Center.