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


9:00 am - 10:30 am

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


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. Join leading Afghan women and global advocates who will share their top recommendations and calls to action for advancing women’s rights as human rights in Afghanistan.


Horia Mosadiq Director, Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO)

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.

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