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Jun 06

After the 2014 Withdrawal: How to Sustain the Decade of Gains for Women in Afghanistan

Co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace

The Heritage Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace will co-host Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Donna Edwards (D-MD), Co-chairs of the Afghan Women’s Caucus, to speak about the gains Afghan women have made over the last decade and the challenges they face as U.S. and NATO forces withdraw. Following the Congresswomen’s remarks, an expert panel will discuss the issue in its security context as well as the challenges of the NGO community in carrying on its work in the health, education, and political sectors.

This event marks the first in a series on the issue of Afghan women that will be co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation and USIP in coming months. We hope you can join us for this first exciting and timely event.

More About the Speakers

The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
The Honorable Donna F. Edwards (D-MD)
Co-Chairs of the Afghan Women’s Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Andrew Wilder, Ph.D.
Director, Afghanistan and Pakistan Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Charlotte Ponticelli
Former Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Hossai Wardak
Afghanistan Senior Visiting Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow on South Asia, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Clare Lockhart
Chief Executive Officer, Institute for State Effectiveness

Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace (Moderator)

Co-Hosted by
Phillip N. Truluck
Executive Vice President, The Heritage Foundation


The Honorable Jim Marshall
President, U.S. Institute of Peace