Supporting a Durable and Inclusive Peace in Afghanistan: The Role of Afghan Women

On October 30th, IPI together with Cordaid, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and NYU Center for Global Affairs cohosted a policy forum on “Supporting a Durable and Inclusive Peace in Afghanistan: The Role of Afghan Women.”

The promotion and protection of women’s rights is not simply an internal matter; it is essential to the international community’s security and to sustainable development in Afghanistan. Over the course of the last two decades, the participation of women in political processes has paved the way for the inclusion of other minority groups and served as a bulwark against regression and extremism. But recent political developments and the downgrading of women’s rights in ongoing peace efforts have demonstrated how tenuous these gains are. Women will be critical to ensuring that any settlement emerging from these talks protects the progress they have made.

To that end, this policy forum focused on how the international community can support efforts to engender an inclusive and enduring peace in Afghanistan, with women as vital stakeholders.

Opening remarks:
Dr. Sarah Taylor, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute
Ms. Rina Amiri, Senior Fellow, NYU Center for Global Affairs

Ms. Storai Tapesh, Deputy Executive Director, Afghan Women’s Network
H.E. Amb. Karen Pierce DCMG, Permanent Representative, United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations
Ms. Teresa Whitfield, Director, Policy and Mediation Division, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

Mr. Jake Sherman, Director of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, International Peace Institute