Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

The Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights in Afghanistan took place on Sunday, November 23. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affiars of the Republic of Afghanistan and the U.S. Department of State, along with the Afghan Women's Network, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

The symposium brought together government leaders, civil society representatives, Afghan and international experts, and an impressive Afghan delegation led by First Lady Rula Ghani to discuss ways Afghans and the international community can continue to work together to sustain and advance gains made by women and girls in Afghanistan.

In preparation for the event, PRIO produced a series of background papers: Women's Rights and Political Representation: Past Achievements and Future Challenges, and Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Empowerment? The summary report from the event can be found here.

The message out of Oslo this weekend was that we must continue to enable and empower the women of Afghanistan, who, as Mrs. Ghani noted, have a significant role to play in "returning peace and prosperity to Afghanistan." The outcomes of the Oslo Symposium will inform discussions during the London Conference on Afghanistan on December 4th.

Ambassador Verveer and Mayesha Alam, Assistant Director of GIWPS, participated in the Oslo Symposium. Read Ambassador Verveer's recent Huffington Post blog on women's rights in Afghanistan here.

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