Afghan women leaders and leading Muslim academics share their views on how Islamic tradition offers a framework to build equitable institutions that respect human rights as well as women’s rights.
This event launches the Islam and Negotiation Action Guide for Muslim Women–a practical tool for Muslim women negotiators to ensure that their rights are understood, effectively debated, and secured in settings where Islam informs the perspectives of the parties. It also offers non-Muslim negotiators and mediators a better understanding of the central Islamic values that may play a role in negotiation and mediation processes.
The launch of this toolkit comes in a critical time as the Taliban continue to use a radical interpretation of Islam for political purposes, including justifying the exclusion of Afghan women and girls from social, political and economic life. The Taliban’s extreme interpretation of the religion has been used as justification in rolling back Afghan women and girls’ rights to education, the workplace, and public life. From mandating the burqa to requiring a male guardian during travels, the Taliban are regulating every aspect of women and girls’ lives.
Dr. Ayse Kadayifici-Orellana, Researcher, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
Ambassador Roya Rahmani, Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States and Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
Dr. Homa Hoodfar, Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, at Concordia University, and Board Member, Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Palwasha Hassan, Director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Center and Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Dari interpretation was provided.
Co-hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the United States Institute for Peace. The Action Guide is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security with support from Women Forward International, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, United States Institute for Peace and Global Women Leaders.