The State of Women’s Rights as Human Rights in Afghanistan

Friday, March 4
10:00AM – 11:30AM EST
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Afghanistan is facing a dire human rights crisis. Since the fall of Kabul in August, the Taliban have threatened basic rights and fundamental freedoms, with women, girls, and civil society among those most affected. New reports show the escalation of extrajudicial killings, targeted attacks on peaceful protesters, the suppression of independent media, and the detention of women’s rights activists, including ethnic and religious minorities.

Now is the time to ensure international mechanisms are effective in protecting human rights and holding human rights abusers to account. Leading Afghan women and global advocates shared their top recommendations and calls to action for advancing women’s rights as human rights in Afghanistan.


Hoda Khamosh

Women’s rights activist, journalist, and campaigner

Spozhmai Wardak
Former Deputy Technical Minister, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Afghanistan

Najiba Ayubi
Journalist, Human Rights Activist, & Managing Director, The Killid Group

Heather Barr
Associate Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Ambassador Roya Rahmani
Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States and Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

This event is part of Onward for Afghan Women, an initiative of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.