Kabul Symposium on Afghan Women's Empowerment


On May 20-22 the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, hosted the Third Symposium on Afghan Women's Empowerment in Kabul. The symposium, where Norwegian foreign minister Børge Brende was also present, put women’s empowerment higher on the afghan political agenda.

Also, recommendations from the afghan women were put forward to the NATO summit in Warsaw in July and the donor conference in Brussels in October. They can be downloaded from the sidebar on the right.

The Symposium in Kabul marks an important historical milestone as women from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan successfully engages in the event where 300 participants were present, including broad participation from the leadership of the National Unity Government. By sharing their perspectives, opinion and thoughts, they helped strengthen democracy, trust building and participation. Previously, symposia were held in Washington D.C. in 2013, and in Oslo in 2014

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was a keynote speaker at the Symposium. He commended the Government for important achievements made, but stressed that more needs to be done to safeguard women`s rights and empowerment in the Afghan Society. He confirmed Norway`s commitment to continue as a long term partner for Afghanistan.

The First Lady of Afghanistan guided the preparations for the conference with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Women`s Affairs and Afghan Women`s Network. Norway and the United States were partners to the symposium.