On November 12, 2021, the Program on Women, Peace, and Security at the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the 7th Annual Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security. The title of the event was “Women, Peace, and Security after the Fall of Kabul.”
The event brought together a powerful set of speakers who focused 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.
During the event, we heard from keynote speakers Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ambassador Adela Raz, Ambassador Rahmani, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Ret. Colonel Cornelia Weiss, Dr. Sima Samar, Metra Mehran, and the Bush School’s Dr. Valerie Hudson. All of these speakers provided their insight on the integral value of women and girls to strong, stable, peaceful societies—and why this matters here at home. The symposium highlighted important perspectives and created awareness within Texas and the nation on these issues.
On behalf of the WPS concentration and the Bush School, we would like to thank everyone who participated, and we look forward to our next symposium in the fall of 2022.