Thursday, June 28
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm EDT
Join the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USIP, the Atlantic Council, the Sisterhood is Global Institute, and the U.S Department of State for the official launch of the U.S.-Afghan Consultative Mechanism (USACM). U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will provide opening remarks, followed by a discussion moderated by U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights Rina Amiri and representatives of the USACM platform.
Since the Taliban takeover last August, Afghan women, girls, journalists and at-risk ethnic and religious communities have seen the rapid erosion of their human rights. In a welcome response, forums designed to bring these vital Afghan voices into international policymaking are expanding globally. To coordinate and deepen these populations’ engagement with U.S. government officials, the four aforementioned forums of Afghan stakeholders are coming together with the U.S Department of State to form the USACM.
Comprised of a diverse set of representatives from various Afghan women’s coalitions, as well as civil society leaders, journalists, academics and religious scholars from inside and outside Afghanistan, the USACM will facilitate regular engagement with the U.S. government on issues ranging from human rights documentation to women in Islam.
Dari interpretation will be provided for those joining virtually.
Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
Rina Amiri, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights
Lisa Grande, President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
Palwasha Hassan, Senior Fellow, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University
Founding Member, Afghan Women’s Network
Naheed Sarabi, Visiting Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, the Brookings Institution
Asila Wardak, Senior Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Founding Member, Women’s Forum on Afghanistan
You can watch the event in English or Dari below.