On July 18th, the U.S. Institute of Peace and USAID hosted an expert panel, which highlighted efforts made by multilateral actors within the U.S. Government and internationally, in ensuring a commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Research repeatedly shows that no nation can achieve sustainable peace, reconciliation, stability, and economic growth when half the population is marginalized. USAID and the U.S. Institute of Peace are fully committed to removing constraints on women’s potential -- their contributions to Afghan society are imperative to lasting peace, stability and economic progress. This event took stock of progress thus far, of on-going commitments to the needs of women and girls, and explored the potential impact of new programming and partnerships beyond the political and security transitions in 2014.
This event coincided with the release of the USAID Request for Proposal, "Promote," a five year program for women's empowerment in Afghanistan.
Agenda and Biographies
- Promoting Equality: The United States’ Commitment to Securing the Future for the Women of Afghanistan (PDF, 262 KB)
Welcome and Introductions:
- Jim Marshall
President, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Rajiv Shah
Followed by a panel including:
- Carla Koppell, Moderator
Chief Strategy Officer, Former Senior Coordinator on Gender, USAID
- Kathleen Kuehnast, Panel Introductions
Director, Center for Gender & Peacebuilding, USIP
- William Byrd
Afghanistan Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Naheed Farid
Member of the Afghan Parliament
- Rangina Hamidi
Founder, Kandahar Treasure
- Palwasha Kakar
Director of Women's Empowerment and Development Programs, The Asia Foundation
- Hossai Wardak
Afghanistan Visiting Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace