Afghan women leaders emphasize women’s role in security and development at London Conference

By Allyn Gaestel

30 January 2010 [MediaGlobal]: The Afghan government and the international community, consisting of representatives from 65 states and the United Nations, convened in London on 28 January 2010 to discuss plans to stabilize and develop the country. One Afghan woman was on the official conference program and spoke, representing the views of the often-unheard female half of the Afghan population.

Her name is Arezo Qanih, and she is the Program Officer for the Educational Training Centre for Poor Women & Girls of Afghanistan (ECW). Outside of the official conference proceedings Qanih participated in numerous surrounding events with four other Afghan women leaders. Orzala Ashraf, Mary Akrami, Wazhma Frogh, and Selay Ghaffar are all civil society leaders engaged with the promotion of women’s development and rights in Afghanistan across several sectors, including legal reform, education access, health services, and domestic violence…Read full article