Afghanistan: Humanitarian Emergency and Gender Discrimination

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The Taliban’s seizure of power in August 2021 marked a drastic setback to the rights and safety of women in Afghanistan. Under the Taliban, women and girls are excluded from societal space, education, and political decision-making. High levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and the restriction of women’s rights are coupled with the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation. Barriers for male survivors of sexual assault in Afghanistan, including the access to and quality of healthcare facilities and services, have further increased. The Taliban have reportedly perpetrated violence and sexual assaults against members of the LGBTQI+ community. Many individuals have been forced to go into hiding, relying on friends and families for basic necessities.

Join WIIS and the Embassy of Liechtenstein, Washington D.C. on December 9, 2021, at 11 AM (EST) for a virtual policy roundtable examining the current situation facing some of the most vulnerable individuals in
Afghanistan from a political, social, legal, economic, and humanitarian perspective as well as the role of the international community in response to the crisis.

Watch the Recording Here.

Opening Remarks: Ambassador Georg Sparber, Ambassador to the United States from Liechtenstein

Keynote Remarks: H.E Adela Raz, Ambassador to the United States from Afghanistan


  • Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace
  • Metra Mehran, Scholarship Program Director at Women Scholarship Endowment Program and Co-Founder, Feminine Perspectives Campaign
  • Anne C Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-2017) and Distinguished Fellow, Freedom House (invited)

Ariela Blätter, President & CEO, WIIS