On March 14, 2014, the Women, Peace and Security Working Group (WPS WG) convened a breakfast meeting of 26 people, including WG members, Executive Branch officials, and senior congressional staff, to meet with a delegation of four Afghan women visiting Washington, D.C. There was a two-part purpose of this meeting. First, to better understand one another’s initiatives and priorities within the women, peace and security issue-area in order to see where there might be opportunities for collaboration. And, second, to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by Afghan women in light of the military drawdown, in order to inform both policy- and grant-making in this sphere. To read the report-back, click here.
To learn more about women in Afghanistan, check out these resources:
Afghan Women Network’s Vision 2024 outlines the achievements Afghan women have made over the last decade as well as their vision for the next decade.
The Baseline report for Monitoring Afghan Women's Security in Transition assesses the impact of the ongoing security transition on Afghan women from the perspectives of general security, access to basic rights and justice, and socio-economic wellbeing. A follow up report on the baseline study, Monitoring Afghan Women's Security in Transition, reports on the findings of a second round of data collection.
Surviving War and Transition: Perspectives from Afghan Women from the Women’s Regional Network documents the impact of heightened insecurity, endemic corruption, and the militarization and effectiveness of aid on women across Afghanistan.
A piece by Michelle Barsa, Senior Manager for Policy, at the Institute for Inclusive Security, “Determining if Progress Will Prevail or Peril: The Role for Women in Defining Afghanistan’s Future.”