This episode discusses women and girls' rights in Afghanistan, and the global response a year and a half after the withdrawal of international forces, the government's collapse, and the country's handover to Taliban forces.  We are joined for this discussion by Maryam Rahmani and Hasina Safi. Maryam has recently joined Womankind Worldwide – a UK-based organization working for women’s empowerment, where she is an Advisor on Afghanistan. Maryam is also a Country Representative for the Afghan Women’s Resource Center  – a local women's organization working in six provinces of Afghanistan, as well as a board member of the Afghan Women Network and a Core Member of the Women’s Regional Network (WRN).  Hasina Safi (@hasina_safi) is a well-known women rights activist from Afghanistan, where she has worked for various national and international organisations, including the International Rescue Committee, Afghan Women’s Educational Center, United Nations Development Program, Afghan Women’s Network, and High Peace Council. She was a member of the Peace Negotiation Team in 2018 and most recently served as the Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan before the Taliban takeover. 

You can find out more about GAPS’ work and our future plans on our Twitter @GAPS_Network and by signing up for our monthly newsletter on our website. You can contact us at [email protected]. This podcast is made through the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their funding of the LEAP4Peace Consortium, which GAPS is a member of. This podcast is hosted by Eva Tabbasam, and it is written, produced by Florence Waller – Carr and supported by the GAPS Team. Our thanks also to Andrew O’Connor at Saferworld for the technical support and to Jimena Duran at NIMD, who are the Consortium lead for LEAP4Peace. The music used in this podcast was produced by Tribe of Noise PRO

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