• What does the future hold for Afghan women?

What does the future hold for Afghan women?

03 November 2016

Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 2

The Fabian Society’s International Policy Group is hosting a panel discussion on what the future holds for Afghan women.

Earlier this month before the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, the United Kingdom pledged £750 million pounds in aid towards the development and security of Afghanistan. One of Britain’s key commitments since the overthrow of the Taliban regime has been to support Afghan women and girls to access healthcare, education and employment. Both Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah have publically reaffirmed their government’s commitment to women’s rights, with an active First Lady, Rula Ghani, leading the way. However, the Afghan Government still has a battle on its hands against the violations taking place across the country on its women and girls. Our panel will discuss what the future looks like for Afghan women alongside increased insecurity across the country.

Chaired by Baroness Glenys Kinnock, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords and a former teacher. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2009. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Opposition Spokesperson for the Department of International Development in the House of Lords.

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Panel:

Orzala Ashraf Nemat - President Ashraf Ghani’s Advisor of Sub-national Governance. Dr Nemat, under the Taliban regime launched an underground literacy and health education programme for women and girls, often putting herself directly at risk. She was selected as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2009 and is a recipient of the Isabel Ferror Award for Women’s Education and the Amnesty International Award for Humanitarian Aid to Children and Women.

 Heather Barr - a Senior Researcher on women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, where she was previously the Afghanistan Researcher. She spent six years in Afghanistan, managing programs for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Development Program before joining Human Rights Watch. She is currently writing a report on girls education in Afghanistan based on recent research in Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kabul.

Quhramaana Kakar - a leading figure in Afghanistan working on women’s empowerment in areas of leadership development through political participation in peace-building. She is the recipient of the N-Peace 2012 Role Model for Peace Award. She was the Gender Advisor to the Afghan High Peace Council. She is currently leading an organisation called Women for Peace and Participation.

Horia Mosadiq – an Afghan human rights activist, political analyst and journalist. She is Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher and was awarded the Afghanistan Simurgh Human Rights Award. Horia travels back to Afghanistan frequently with her main focus being the reconciliation process between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.