Upcoming Event: The New Generation of Afghan Women Leaders

Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 2010) will join a discussion by an all-female delegation of high-level Afghan government officials about driving reform for progress and security hosted by The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the US-Afghan Women's Council, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Brookings Institution.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Service Employees International Union

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036


In the post-Taliban era, women of Afghanistan have seen increased standards of living and equality, yet the gains are typically uneven and tenuous. Given its history of patriarchal rule, the country still has a long way to go, but progress continues. Women leaders in the new Afghan government enable much of this progress. These women are key to implementing the National Unity Government’s reform agenda, and they provide critical expert analysis and implementation on a range of issues facing Afghanistan.

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives. Delegation members are:

Adela Raz

Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Naheed Sarabi

Deputy Minister for Policy - Ministry of Finance

Ghazaal Habibyar-Safi

Deputy Minister, Minister of Mines and Petroleum

Shaharzad Akbar

Senior Advisor to the President on High Councils

Naheed Esar

Director of Policy and Analysis, Administrative Office of the President

Ghizaal Haress

Commissioner, Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution

Dr. Zohra Nawabi

Member, Provincial Council of Kabul Province

Muqadessa Yourish

Appointment Board Commissioner, Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission

Following their conversation, panelists will take audience questions.

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