This year will be one of rapid change in Afghanistan, as international military forces continue their withdrawal from the country and Afghans await the final result of Presidential elections. Australia has made an enormous investment in Afghanistan over the past decade, and has a responsibility to ensure that the country achieves a safe and prosperous future. A critical part of this will be ensuring that women’s rights are protected through the security transition. Yet despite some improvements over the past decade in access to education and health, women in Afghanistan continue to face appalling rates of violence and abuse.
As Afghanistan stands at a crossroads, what role should Australia play in promoting and protecting women’s rights?
To discuss this important question, the Oxfam-Monash Partnership and Castan Centre for Human Rights Law invite you to spend an evening on 16 May with three fascinating leaders who are working to advance women’s protection and rights in Afghanistan.