September 26-27, 2022

This symposium will convene global experts to analyze and bring light to the reality on the ground for women in Afghanistan, highlighting the needs of Afghan women both inside and outside of Afghanistan, and presenting the Government of Canada with a series of calls to action.

Dr Saumya Uma, WRN Board member spoke on the South Asia regional perspective on Women Peace & Security Agenda at the WPS Focal Points Network annual UN General Assembly high-level side event. The Network advocates the importance of women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict reconstruction and development. Read the detailed paper here

The Taliban’s return to power has raised fears about hard-won rights for Afghan women and girls over the last two decades. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, and Najla Ayoubi, chief of global programs at Every Woman Treaty and a former Afghan judge, join Washington Post Live to discuss the future for women in the country.



WRN amplifies the voices of conflict-affected women in order to address the interlinked issues of peace and justice, governance and security, within the context of growing militarization in South Asia.



Women are the key to constructing an indivisible and sustainable peace predicated on justice.



Women bear the brunt of forcible displacement.


Community Conversations are honest conversations with displaced women to capture their concerns, needs, testimonies, and solutions to inform political discourse and policy.


Empowering young women is the key to a just peace.


We support young women's leadership development by providing learning and mentoring opportunities, hosting digital cross-border exchanges, and sharing stories of change and resilience. 

Photo © Ellen Jaskol CAI, Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India make up the crossroads of South Asia.

It has become hard to narrate an Afghan, a Pakistani, or indeed an Indian story divorced from the internecine conflict - internal or international. On their own, neither the State nor the private sphere can be relied upon to guarantee women’s  freedom from violence and harassment, or fair and impartial justice. Therefore, it is critical that women civil society organizations work collaboratively to face the multitude of threats women face inside and outside of their homes.


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