The Taliban Takeover: Women's Rights and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan

November 19, 2021 11am ET

This panel aims to bring together human rights activists, professionals, and students for a discussion on the future of Afghan women’s rights in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover. The panelists will examine the current state of women's rights in the country and discuss the impact of a growing humanitarian emergency that threatens to further undermine these rights. They will share their perspectives on ways to build effective activism and discuss some of the urgent steps needed from the international community and human rights stakeholders for the realization of women's rights in Afghanistan.

  • Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer at United States Institute of Peace
  • Dr. Niloofar Sakhi, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and George Washington University’s Professor 
  • Ellie Smeal, Co-Founder, and President of the Feminist Majority, and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Amb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.
  • Daniel Weggeland, Faculty Fellow with Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution Program
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This event is hosted by Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights and organized by Nazila Jamshidi, a Columbia student from Afghanistan, currently pursuing the Human Rights Studies M.A. Program.