With ongoing talks on peace and stability after years of conflict, Afghanistan entered a new phase. As the government and the Taliban negotiated peace, questions remained regarding the future of gender equality and minority rights in the country. What will it take to ensure long-term security without compromising on the rights of women and minorities in Afghanistan? How do the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic impact the ability to sustain democratic institutions in the country?
Building upon their longstanding partnership to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the George W. Bush Institute hosted a virtual conversation with First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush on these issues and to lend their insight into what will need to be done to ensure an equitable and inclusive peace.
This live event was part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, an ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges.
H.E. Rula Ghani
First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Mrs. Laura Bush
Former First Lady of the United States
Introduction & welcome remarks by
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center;
Former US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs;
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security, Atlantic Council
Ms. Lael Mohib
Enabled Children Initiative USA
Ms. Holly Kuzmich
The George W. Bush Institute
An #ACFrontPage event
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