In spring 2023, centers and students across Harvard University will host a series of conversations spotlighting the situation in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. The series will examine the multilayered facets of gender, human rights, economic development, humanitarian aid, and political dynamics that shape the lives of over 40 million Afghans today.
The “Spotlight Series on Afghanistan” is cosponsored by the Center for International Development, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Center for Public Leadership, the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
The series will include the following events, open to Harvard University ID holders and their guests, as specified below:
|Date||Speaker||Talk Title||Time & Location|
|February 16, 2023||Dr. Sima Samar, Former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan; Spring 2023 Hauser Leader, CPL||“Gender Rights and Public Policy: Reflections from Afghanistan & Pakistan”||
HKS Wexner WEX-G02 Seminar Room (led by the HKS Pakistan Caucus)
April 5, 2023
|Save the Children USA CEO Janti Soeripto and former Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Naheed Esar speak about the humanitarian and political situation in Afghanistan||TBC||
HKS R-414AB Democracy Lab or via Zoom
|Former Central Bank Governor of Afghanistan and Harvard Senior Fellow Ajmal Ahmady as part of CID Friday Speaker Series||TBC||
HKS Rubenstein 414 or via Zoom
|Date||Title||Time & Location|
|April 12, 2023||Threats to Reproductive Rights Under Taliban Rule: A Workshop with Dr. Sima Samar, former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan||
Time - TBA
Harvard Kennedy School, location TBD
Transitional Justice: Lessons from Afghanistan on the Promotion, Protection of Human Rights
A 4-Session Intensive under the CPL Public Leadership Co-curricular Program. This series is at capacity. Questions can be directed here.
With Dr. Sima Samar, former Chair, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) Spring 2023 CPL Hauser Leader and 2022 Carr Center Fellow
Students are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, because each session builds on the last.
Wednesday, February 22, 12-1:15pm: Role of National Human Rights Institutions Readings: Paris
Wednesday, March 22, 12-1:15pm: Public Consultations on Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Countries
Wednesday, March 29, 12-1:15pm: Documentation and Protection of Victims
Wednesday, April 12, 12-1:15pm: Domestic and International Mechanisms of Accountability and Justice
E-learning can prevent another lost generation in Afghanistan
OpEd in Devex by Asim I. Khwaja and Fatema Z. Sumar from Harvard University's Center for International Development