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As the U.S. government re-evaluates its priorities in Afghanistan – and as demonstrated by the global pandemic – interventions that ensure Afghans have access to health care, services, and treatment must remain a priority. Improved health programs in Afghanistan must continue to save lives, protect society’s most vulnerable, and promote the stability of communities. This is particularly the case for women and girls, as bolstered and sustainable investments in Afghanistan’s health system translate to decreased maternal and child mortality rates, higher vaccination rates for children, and increased access to care more generally.
Still, long-term peace and security in Afghanistan will depend on the reintegration of combatants and rebuilding of Afghan society, including those who have physical or psychological disabilities as a result of years of conflict and violence. As such, improved health care is an essential precursor to, and buttress for, stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.
Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC), and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on Friday, February 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. US ET / 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. KBT for a conversation on how Afghan women and their U.S. partners have worked to improve critical shortfalls in healthcare, what those improvements mean for Afghan women, and how to sustain these efforts moving forward. The conversation is an opportunity to highlight the positive role U.S. private and public actors have played in collaborating with Afghan partners to build the foundations for women and girls’ access to healthcare in Afghanistan, how that access plays an integral role in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and how it ultimately supports the peace and security of the United States.
This is the second event in a series of conversations on Women’s Gains in Afghanistan. Our first conversation examined the economic gains women have made, and what women’s access to economic opportunity means for Afghanistan’s long-term peace and security.
Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield
President, U.S. Naval War College;
Former Provincial Reconstruction Team Commander
Special Aide to President Ashraf Ghani; Former Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning
Ministry of Health, Afghanistan
Introductory remarks by
Executive Vice President
Concluding remarks by
Founder and President
American Council on Women, Peace, and Security
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center;
Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs;
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security, Atlantic Council
The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.
The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) is a non-partisan public-private partnership that convenes governments, civil society and the private sector around the goal of supporting Afghan women and girl’s education, healthcare, economic empowerment and leadership.
The American Council on Women Peace and Security helps policymakers with hard hitting analysis and enlightened scholarship that ensures the meaningful participation of women.
Event Recap Mar 2, 2021
Event recap: “Women’s gains in Afghanistan: Healthcare’s essential role in stabilizing Afghanistan”
By Atlantic Council
The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted an event on the gains that women have made in Afghanistan, the critical role of Afghan women in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and the role that US actors have in partnering with and empowering Afghan women.
Event Recap Jan 9, 2021
Event recap: “Women’s gains in Afghanistan: Supporting economic opportunities for Afghan women as a driver of peace and security”
By Atlantic Council
On Thursday January 7, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center partnered with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) to host an event on women’s gains in Afghanistan, the critical role of Afghan women in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and the role of US actors in partnering with and empowering Afghan women.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Oct 28, 2020
Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani: Women’s rights cannot be ‘the cost of peace’
By David A. Wemer
The progress Afghan women have made in the years since the fall of the Taliban regime could be at risk, Ghani said, should the Taliban be given too much power as part of a peace settlement.