The Taliban and the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan

Mon 13 Dec 2021 12:00 – 13:00 Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

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What is the current situation of Afghan women and women’s rights after the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban? And after?

About this event

Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and humanitarian worker with decades of experience around the world. Since 2015, she has been the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, an academic and activist institute covering all 22 Arab states. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first institute for women in the Arab region – and one of the first in the world. Lina has spent over 20 years in development and humanitarian contexts in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal and others. Her specific expertise is in the prevention and response to gender-based violence, summed up by her TEDx, WomenDeliver PowerTalk keynote speech for the Swedish International Development Agency’s annual meeting, among others.

Lina completed her doctoral work at the London School of Economics and published “Gender and International Aid in Afghanistan: The Politics and Effects of Intervention” based on her research. A second book on this theme is currently in the works, which will be released in early 2022. Lina speaks and publishes frequently on a range of gender issues, for example on the need for a feminist response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Arab women. and the girls. She believes that women’s leadership is the best vector for peace and sustainable development. Lina’s work I Hate International Women’s Day has resonated with women’s rights activists around the world. Her work on women in Afghanistan has been featured on CNN, leading to a live CNN interview on the topic, as well as appearances on France24, CNN Greece, BBC and others. On October 11, Lina appeared on Good Morning America for International Day of the Girl Child.

Lina is a board member of various organizations including SheDecides, Forced Migration Review, Society of Gender Professionals and others. Lina is among the Global Top 100 for Gender Equality in 2018 and 2019. She was awarded a Vital Voices Fellowship for 2021 for Outstanding Women Leaders. She has been recognized by the Women’s Media Center as one of their progressive female voices for 2021 and is featured in their expert database.

Palwasha Hassan is the director of the Afghan Women’s Education Center. She holds an MA in Postwar Recovery Studies from York University, UK, and was a Fellow of the US Institute of Peace. She is a dedicated women’s rights activist, pioneer in many critical works for the promotion of women’s rights and civil society in Afghanistan, including the first Roazana women’s legal support organization, Women and street Children Center, Madadgar Women and Children Safe Home Network, Irfan Cultural Center, among others. She is a strong advocate for peacebuilding and women’s political participation. Palwasha Hassan started her career as a volunteer with AWEC while continuing her studies as a refugee in Pakistan. As a young activist, she laid the groundwork for the Afghan Women Network (AWN), a visionary women’s movement that has now played a central role in lobbying for women’s rights in the country for twenty years.

Jane ferguson is Polk, Emmy and DuPont award-winning overseas correspondent for PBS NewsHour, contributor to The New Yorker and 2020 McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, with over thirteen years of Middle Eastern and reporting experience from the Arab world, Africa and South Asia. His work focuses on US foreign and defense policy, conflict, diplomacy, and human rights. With an emphasis on in-depth magazine delivery, Jane’s reporting features exclusive and groundbreaking access, thoughtful storytelling, and character-driven reporting. She is now based in New York.