Supporting a future for girls' education in Afghanistan
24 Sep 2021
This panel will centre the voices, knowledge and experience of Afghan educators and advocates in addressing what steps the international community must take in support of a future for Afghan girls' education.
In the last two decades, millions of Afghan women and girls received an education. Now, human rights and education advocates fear that progress is under threat. Thousands more girls and women may be denied access to a full education, forced to marry, and live a life proscribed by harmful traditional seclusion practices, largely in the domestic sphere. Those who resist may face violent retribution. Education is a fundamental human right. It is also one of the best routes toward a more stable and inclusive future. The international community has a critical role to play in supporting Afghan girls' access to quality education. To do so effectively, they must be guided by the Afghan educators and advocates who — until recently — have been at the forefront of driving progress. This panel will centre the voices, knowledge and experience of Afghan educators and advocates in addressing what steps the international community must take in support of a future for Afghan girls' education. It aims to focus attention on girls' education as an urgent priority in the global humanitarian response, and provide practical solutions to effectively support girls' ongoing education. Speakers: Amina Mohammed - UN Deputy Secretary-General; Henrietta Fore - Executive Director, UNICEF; Malala Yousafzai - Co-founder, Malala Fund, and UN Messenger of Peace; Shaharzad Akbar - Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Nayla Fahed - Co-founder and CEO, Lebanese Alternative Learning; Fawzia Koofi - First Woman Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Afghanistan TBC; Zarqa Yaftali - Executive Director, Women and Children Legal Research Foundation.
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