Video: Malala Yousafzai joins Zarqa Yaftali and Shaharzad Akbar to launch a campaign calling on world leaders to take urgent action to help get girls in Afghanistan back to school
Video: Judge Najla Ayoubi and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen(D-NH) address fears for women and girls
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.
Video: Feminising Security, Resisting Militarisation
“If we’re talking about feminising security, let us ask ourselves if the expansion of the military into more social groups the militarisation of women — is going to make for greater or lesser security," says Rita Manchanda, WRN Board Member at the Prajnya Gender Talks
Zarqa Yaftali, WRN Board Member on Women, Peace and Security addressing the UN Security Council.
October 28, 2020
This statement was made by Ms. Zarqa Yaftali, experienced women’s rights advocate from Afghanistan and Executive Director of the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security.
Minority IDPs, Pakistan's anonymous refugees
August 30, 2018
In a northeast of Nankana Sahib, a small town consisting of two boiled rooms and a sloper in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. In this, the 35-year-old widow Laxmi Corps and her family members live for almost a decade. But this is not their home. Their homes and their livelihood salary were in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan province. In 2006, she left behind both of them and ran away and ran away. This is the year when the Pakistani army launched the operation against Bugti tribesmen's leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and his colleagues at the end of which he was killed along with many of his colleagues.
WRN gears up to promote women's participation in the forthcoming Afghan elections
August 06, 2018
WRN hosted a round-table discussion on ZAN TV on women's participation in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan.
Zahra Sepher, Independent Candidate from Kabul pointed out the concerns of and challenges faced by female candidates. Dr Huma Shamim, Independent Candidate from Kapisa province spoke about people's participation in election and pointed out some of the major challenges like people not even having the Tazkira (national ID card) to be able to vote. Huma Hashmi, Independent Candidate for election 2018 from Logar province stressed on security problems and the role of luck when it comes to women candidates in district level election. Kobra Rezaei, the Deputy spokesman of IEC,gave an analysis of the current situation, and spoke about the different programs of IEC to increase women's political participation in the 2018 election. Frishta Karimi CSOs and WRN representative shared the concerns and expectations of women activists from the 2018 election. Mariam Marween Barkzai, representative of FEFA, suggested some approaches to the IEC to better the election process.
Women’s Political Participation in Afghanistan
April 02, 2018
WRN Afghanistan conducted a round table discussion on Women’s Political Participation in Afghanistan on 28th March 2018, which was broadcasted on ZAN TV.
Ms. Masouda Karokhi - Member of Parliament discussed the challenges posed to women’s political participation and parliamentarian support to encourage such participation. Ms. Shakila Nazari - Director of Information and Relation at Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA), spoke about MoWA’s role in fostering women’s political participation and their future plans. Ms. Wazhma Frogh - Member of High Peace Council, discussed the role of women in peace negotiation processes and the consequent achievements, and the different mechanisms that can be in place to support women’s participation in Peace processes and other important negotiations.
Ms. Humairs Saqib – WRN Core Member spoke about the main concerns of Civil Society (CSO) regarding women’s political participation and the advocacy activities conducted by civil society to promote such participation in political processes.
Ms. Zarqa Yatali – WRN Board Member discussed WRN’s role in not only supporting women but also its advocacy for more women at the peace-table, and a gender-just peac. She also shared that WRN through its work envisages to enhance and promote effective women’s participation in peace negotiations.
Watch the Community Conversation Launch in India
January 28, 2017
Community Conversations (CCs), or rich and detailed accounts of women displaced by conflict, are a key component of WRN’s research and advocacy work and have been conducted in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This is a video of the launch of the CC report conducted in India. This public event served to: demand state accountability for their obligation to those fleeing conflict under International Law and Covenants and the enforcement of existing laws and policies on a State's obligations to the safe passage and humanitarian care for those fleeing conflict.
Shad Begum discusses the Women’s Polling Station in Chakdara, Lower Dir, Pakistan
June 05, 2015
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