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Protecting Women's Rights in Afghanistan

16 October 2013 - 18:00 to 19:15

Chatham House, London


Leslie Knott, Producer, The Parable of Gulnaz
Clementine Malpas, Director, The Parable of Gulnaz
Jawed Nader, Director, British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG)
Chair: Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House



Following the screening of the short film The Parable of Gulnaz, the panel will share their thoughts on the position of women in Afghan society. The film documents the plight of Gulnaz, a young Afghan woman who was imprisoned for adultery after being raped by her cousin’s husband. Though she was released from prison following international petitions, she was soon pressured to marry her attacker.

The speakers will offer practical suggestions as to how Afghan women can be best supported following the withdrawal of international troops. They will highlight matters where women are particularly at-risk, and suggest what can be done to prevent the issue of women’s rights being sidelined after 2014.