The symposium will address the future of Afghani women after the fall of Kabul.
A powerful set of speakers will discuss “Women, Peace, and Security After the Fall of Kabul” at the 7th Annual Texas Women, Peace, and Security Symposium. Please join us virtually on Friday, November 12, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to hear from Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali of the Hoover Institution; the Honorable Adela Raz, Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S.; the Honorable Roya Rahmani, former Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S.; the Honorable Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; Dr. Sima Samar, former Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Ret. U.S. Air Force Colonel Judge Advocate Cornelia Weiss; Metra Mehran of the Borlaug Institute; and Dr. Valerie Hudson of the Bush School of Government and Public Service as they focus on the meaning of the Kabul fiasco for those who have worked to improve the situation of Afghan women and for the larger endeavor of Women, Peace, and Security.
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Were efforts to improve the situation of Afghan women just useless? Just a “performative joke”? Did they place a big target on these women, thereby endangering them? What now? What lessons should those in the WPS field take away? What is next for Afghan women? Is there any way to meaningfully help Afghan women now? These questions are both timely and urgent.
Policymakers have increasingly come to see how the situation, status, and security of women affect national security. This one-day virtual symposium will highlight the integral value of women and girls to strong, stable, peaceful societies—and why this matters here at home. The goal is to spotlight important perspectives and create awareness within Texas and the nation on these issues. We also hope this event will contribute to the Bush School’s goal of fostering discussions on pressing global issues amongst individuals of a variety of political and ideological persuasions.