March 2, 2013 | Law and Justice, Violence Against Women

To Be Female and Afghan: Join Us March 6 for a Debate on What Their Future Holds

Photo Credit: Jean Chung

Click here to watch a live stream of the opening of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

One of the thorniest questions of the decade is what will happen to Afghanistan’s women once all foreign troops leave that country. Specifically, will they face increased violence and oppression in an already conservative society?

On March 6, the Women in the World Foundation and ActionAid, a global antipoverty and human rights charity that works in 40 countries worldwide, are hosting a breakfast discussion on how to ensure Afghan women’s safety and rights. Among the speakers will be Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone, a member of Parliament and England’s Minister of State for International Development; she will be joined by a high-level representative from Afghanistan’s government.

The event, timed to the UN’s 49th Commission on the Status of Women, will feature a photographic exhibition 'Women Between Peace and War' presented by the Artworks Project.

The event is taking place in midtown New York City from 8:30 – 10am.

If you are interested in attending, please email