U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Afghan Women Speak Out


Location: Virtual Event

Photo: The U.S. Army (Flickr)

“Only the citizens of Afghanistan have the right and responsibility to lead their country.”

With these words, President Joe Biden announced the decision to withdraw United States troops from Afghanistan by September 2021. This panel provides a space to listen to the concerns and aspirations of Afghan women in light of the U.S. announcement.  

Five Afghan women, from different generations and backgrounds, government officials, scholars and representatives of civil society and political parties, will offer their views on the challenges for the security, freedom and dignity of Afghan communities and Afghan women in particular.  

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Opening Remarks: 


Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Associate Professor of the Practice; Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)



Ghizaal Haress, Ombudsperson, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Assistant Professor, American University of Afghanistan


Palwasha Hassan, Executive Director, Afghan Women's Educational Center; Founding Member, Afghan Women's Network


Fawzia Koofi, Member, Peace Negotiation Team with the Taliban and the President of Movement of Change for Afghanistan; Member of Parliament in Kabul


Heela Najibullah, Peace Accords Matrix Representative in Afghanistan, Doctoral Student, University of Zurich; Peace Researcher; Author, Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan


Habiba Sarabi, Member, Peace Negotiation Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Former Governor, Bamyan Province; Former Minister of Women's Affairs


Moderator: Laurie Nathan, Director, Mediation Program, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Professor of the Practice of Mediation




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Hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and its Mediation Program and Peace Accords Matrix. This event is also co-sponsored by the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Pulte Institute for Global Development.