Upholding Women’s Rights as Human Rights in Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Watch the event recording here

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted an expert discussion March 15, 2022 on the state of women’s rights as human rights in Afghanistan.

The upcoming UNAMA mandate renewal and the appointment of a new Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan provides a critical opportunity to address the dire human rights situation and enhance protection and security measures for women, girls, and marginalized groups. The event featured Afghan women experts and leading policymakers who discussed the urgency of this moment, addressed key areas of concern, and recommended actions for UN and multilateral organizations to ensure international mechanisms are effective in upholding human rights for women and girls in Afghanistan.


Opening Remarks by:

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

H.E. Rosemary DiCarlo

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

H.E Alya Al-Thani

Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations

H.E. Barbara Woodward

Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations

Afghan Women Briefers:

Horia Mosadiq

Founder and Director, Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO)

Fatima Faizi

Reporter, The New York Times, Afghanistan

Najla Ayoubi

Former Judge; Chief of Coalition & Global Programs, Every Woman Treaty

Yalda Royan

Country Technical Team Lead, VOICE Amplified

Interventions by Co-Sponsors and Heads of Delegation and Ambassadors from Members of the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan

Closing Remarks by:

Dr. Sima Sami Bahous

Executive Director, UN Women

Moderated by:

Amb. Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of the United Kingdom and Qatar, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan, with UN Women and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the United States, Canada, Ireland, France, and Indonesia.