Tuesday, July 28
Watch the virtual discussion
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and Cordaid, a leading Dutch relief and development organization, hosted a high-level virtual discussion on Afghan women’s role in the upcoming intra-Afghan talks. The participants, who included both Afghan women leaders and diplomats who have been engaged on Afghanistan, called for national and international officials to ensure Afghan women’s meaningful participation in an inclusive peace process and to preserve Afghan women’s rights. Read the event press release for a summary of their proposals.
The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
H.E. Staffan de Mistura
Former Under Secretary General and UN Special Envoy to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
Ambassador Marriët Schuurman
Director, Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
H.E. Shukria Barakzai
Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Norway
Ms. Nargis Nehan
Former Afghan Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Industries and Founder of EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy
Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Leading Afghan women and global leaders highlighted the critical role Afghan women must play in the upcoming intra-Afghan talks, and the risks to future peace and stability in Afghanistan, the region, and the world if they are sidelined. Panelists provided recommendations to national and international officials for ensuring Afghan women’s meaningful participation in an inclusive peace process.
Cosponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Cordaid.