CSW Side Event: The Situation of Women in Afghanistan

March 9, 2023
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN
315 E 46th St
New York, NY 10017


This CSW67 High-Level Side Event explores practical pathways forward for inclusive and quality education.

Condemnations, calls for reversal of restrictions and meetings in the Security Council and other fora are important signals of the international community’s commitment to the women and girls of Afghanistan. But more needs to be done to concretely improve the everyday lives of Afghan women and girls, and to ensure their access to education. In the aftermath of the Taliban’s ban on women attending university and women working for national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the international community must keep Afghan women and girls at the centre of its efforts, and urgently find ways to further support their lives and livelihoods, including their education.

This high-level event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of UAE to the UN in partnership with the Women’s Forum for Afghanistan, the Permanent Mission of the UK, UNESCO, UN Women and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, will provide an overview of the current state of women’s rights in Afghanistan through a dialogue with Afghan women – inside and outside the country – on how the international community, especially the region and Muslim-majority countries, can use tools at their disposal to (1) restore women’s rights and (2) find practical ways to improve the lives of women and girls. Given the priority theme this year, it will have a particular focus on education, and digital technology.


Opening remarks by HE Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN

Keynote remarks by Dr. Sima Sami Bahous, UN Women Executive Director

Voices from Afghanistan

Status of Education in Afghanistan by Maria Begona Lasagabaster, Director of Gender Equality at UNESCO

Panel discussion with:

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, GIWPS Executive Director

Hoda Jaberian, UNESCO

Sara Wahidi, CEO and Founder of Ehtesab

Moderated by Minister Margot Wallstrom

Final reflections and key take away messages by Fawzia Koofi, Steering Committee Member of Women’s Forum on Afghanistan

Closing remarks by James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN