A New Chapter in Afghanistan: Ensuring International Cooperation in Support of Afghan Women & Girls

Thursday, October 21
3:00PM-5:00PM EDT

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On the sidelines of the 2021 United Nations Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, this urgent conversation on ensuring international cooperation in response to the crisis in Afghanistan gave specific attention to the plight of Afghan women and girls. Leading Afghan women and policymakers discussed the urgency of this moment, addressed critical questions, and recommended actions for a more cooperative, effective, and inclusive response to the developing situation in Afghanistan.

Opening remarks:

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Kingdom

H.E. Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani
Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

H.E. Jacqueline O’Neill
Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

Panel discussion with Afghan leaders:

Fawzia Koofi
Former Member of the Afghan Parliament, Vice President of the National Assembly, and Member of the Negotiation Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Naheed Farid
Former Member of the Afghan Parliament

Anisa Shaheed
Journalist, Tolo News

Mariam Safi
Founding Director, Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies

Asila Wardak

Human rights and Women’s right Activist;  co-founder of the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN)

Closing remarks:

H.E. Mette Knudsen
Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Dr. Sima Sami Bahous
Executive Director of UN Women

Hosted by The UK Mission to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, UN Women, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.