|Simon's Rock Annual Founder's Day Lecture|
|08:16AM / Monday, November 13, 2023|
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The second annual Founder's Day Lecture will be held at Simon's Rock on Nov. 16, 2023, at 7 p.m. with speaker Friba Rezayee.
The lecture will occur in the McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Founder's Day at Simon's Rock is held every year on November 16 to honor and recognize the birthday of founder Elizabeth "Betty" Blodgett Hall. Betty Hall changed education with the radical idea that curious and independent adolescents deserve a new path to college in a fast-changing world. The birth and legacy of this remarkable educator is celebrated with Founder's Day. This year marks the second annual Founder's Day Lecture.
Friba Rezayee is the founder and the Executive Director of Women Leaders of Tomorrow and its leadership in sports project GOAL (Girls of Afghanistan Lead). She was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of 18, she made history by competing in Judo at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as Afghanistan's first-ever female Olympic athlete.
Rezayee's participation in the Olympics brought Afghanistan back to the world stage in sports after the fall of the Taliban. She inspired hundreds of other Afghan girls to join different sports, in a sports revolution for Afghan female athletes.
Friba Rezayee has resided in Vancouver, Canada since 2011 and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Rezayee has been an outspoken and passionate advocate for women and girls' education, gender equality, human rights, and women's rights in Afghanistan and worldwide from an early age to present. She also worked as an educator in the Vancouver, Canada public school system. Rezayee is currently working as the manager of the Afghan Women's Employment Program at YWCA Metro Vancouver area. In addition to that, she has NCCP level 1 certificate in the sports of Judo, along with a certificate to teach women self defense from Judo Canada.