IPI’s Donnelly moderates UNAMA roundtable on women’s rights and political participation

Dr. Phoebe Donnelly, Researcher and Head of IPI’s Women, Peace and Security Program, moderated a panel discussion on March 1 titled “Priorities for UNAMA’s Next Mandate: Protecting and Promoting the Human Rights and Political Participation of women”. This roundtable, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, served to reassess UNAMA’s priorities in four key areas. Together with Afghan activists and experts, the participants discussed the upcoming renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by the UN Security Council. The renewal provides an important opportunity to assess how the mission could be recalibrated, with particular emphasis on ensuring women’s rights and implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

This event provided a unique space for members of the UN Security Council to tap into the expertise of Afghan women and learn about their experience with UNAMA as well as their recommendations on the future mandate. Additionally, it opened up discussion on how to strengthen Afghan women’s political representation, rights and access to justice, and how this should be reflected in UNAMA’s next mandate. Especially given the current situation in Afghanistan, it was a timely and critical discussion that highlighted the challenges and roles of Afghan women in the country’s future.