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Women, Peace and Security: Reflections on Afghanistan

ASPI Webinar: Women, Peace and Security - Reflections on Afghanistan

Speakers Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Her Excellency Ms Caecilia Wijgers, Her Excellency Ms Mari Skåre, Brigadier General Gordana Garašić, Christine Clarke, Dr Farkhondeh Akbari, Gai Brodtmann and Anastasia Kapetas

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, in partnership with the Embassies of Croatia, Netherlands and Norway, invites you to an International Women’s Day Event: Women, Peace and Security - Reflections on Afghanistan.

Following the evacuation of international forces and diplomatic presence, the human rights and security of women in Afghanistan is now more uncertain than ever. The changed landscape has created a dire economic and political situation, enabling human rights abuses and food insecurity, among other human security concerns. These challenges are amplified for women and compounded by a lack of access to education, employment, and traditional gender roles.

How can Australia, NATO, the UN and like-minded partners monitor and assist women and girls in Afghanistan and uphold the tenets of the WPS agenda? What lessons have been learned from past engagement with Afghanistan and how can this guide engagement with the country going forward?  

This event will begin with opening remarks from Gai Brodtmann, ASPI Council Member, and the Ambassadors of Norway, Netherlands and Croatia; His Excellency Mr Paul Gulleik Larsen, Her Excellency Mrs Marion Derckx and Her Excellency Ms Betty Pavelich.

Senator the Hon Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, will provide the keynote address, followed by virtual remarks from The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ms Anniken Huitfeldt.

The opening remarks will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Her Excellency Mrs Caecilia Wijgers, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Afghanistan; Her Excellency Mari Skåre, former Norwegian Ambassador to Afghanistan and NATO Special Representative on WPS, Brigadier General Gordana Garasic, Croatian Army Officer and former ISAF Gender Advisor; Ms Christine Clarke CSC, Ambassador for Women and Girls, and Dr Farkhondeh Akbari, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash Gender, Peace and Security. The discussion will be moderated by ASPI’s Anastasia Kapetas and will include an opportunity for Q&A.

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Marise Payne has served as Australia’s Foreign Minister since August 2018 and Minister for Women since May 2019.

Her Excellency Ms Caecilia Wijgers

Ms Caecilia Wijgers is currently Ambassador of The Netherlands to Afghanistan.

Her Excellency Ms Mari Skåre

Mari Skåre is currently serving as Norway’s Ambassador to Dublin.

Brigadier General Gordana Garašić

Brigadier General Gordana Garašić is currently serving as Head of Planning Directorate of the Croatian Armed Forces General Staff.  

Christine Clarke

Ms Christine Clarke CSC is Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Dr Farkhondeh Akbari

Farkhondeh Akbari is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash Gender Peace and Security.

Gai Brodtmann

Gai Brodtmann is a member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute council, Old Parliament House and Endometriosis Australia boards and Sapien Cyber advisory board.

Anastasia Kapetas

Anastasia is the National Security Editor at The Strategist.