The Taliban and the Future of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Friday, September 24, 2021 10:00to11:30
Zoom: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/82939591010

Join us for a webinar organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism in collaboration with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), and moderated by Professor Vrinda Narain, a Board Member of WLUML.


  • Asma Faizi, General Counsel at Access Copyright, President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Afghan Women’s Organization.
  • Wazhma Frogh, co-founder of the Women and Peace Studies Organization in Afghanistan, recipient of the 2009 International Women of Courage Award.
  • Dr. Sima Samar, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, renowned human rights advocate, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission since 2002, Chairperson of the Commission for the Prevention of Torture.
  • Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.


10:05 Vrinda Narain: Welcome and introductions (5 minutes)

10:10 Homa Hoodfar: Opening remarks and the significance of the event (5 minutes)

10:15 Dr. Sima Samar presentation (10 minutes)

Ms. Belquis Ahmadi presentation (10 minutes)

Ms. Wazhma Frogh presentation (10 minutes)

Ms. Asma Faizi presentation (10 minutes)

10:55 Q&A with audience; moderated by Vrinda Narain

11:20 Amanda Bowie-Edwards: Vote of thanks

11:25 Vrinda Narain: Closing remarks

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