Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights

Afghan women's and girls' rights are at grave risk as the U.S. and allied forces look to withdraw in 2014. The NATO Summit taking place in Chicago on May 20 & 21 will focus on this transition, but Afghan women will not be at the table for these crucial discussions. Join Amnesty International USA for our Shadow Summit as we bring Afghan women's voices to the forefront on Sunday, May 20 from 11 am to 1 pm (registration and light brunch at 10 am). Speakers and panelists include Afifa Azim, General Director and Co-Founder of the Afghan Women's Network; Manizha Naderi, Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women; IL Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; and Mahbouba Seraj, Executive Board Member of Afghan Women's Network, with Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ moderating the panel. After the Summit, please join us for an action as we fly kites to demand Afghan women's rights.

Advance registration is now closed. Limited on-site registration will be available. Please arrive early!


10AM: Registration and Light Brunch

11AM: Welcome

Debra Erenberg, Regional Director, Amnesty International USA

Panel Discussion 1: The Critical Role of Women in the Afghan Transition Process

  • Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State and Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Afifa Azim, General Director and Co-Founder, Afghan Women's Network
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, US House of Representatives
  • Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

Moderator: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Deputy Director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy Program

Panel Discussion 2: The Conversation NATO Should Have About Afghan Women's Rights

  • Frank Jannuzi, Head of Washington Office, Amnesty International USA
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • Manizha Naderi, Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women
  • Hasina Safi, Director, Afghanistan Women's Educational Centre
  • Mahbouba Seraj, Founder and Director of Soraya Marshal Consulting and Executive Board Member of Afghan Women's Network

Moderator: Jerome McDonnell, Host of Worldview on Chicago Public Radio

1PM: Fly a Kite for Women's Rights Action, Navy Pier

Partner Organizations

The Embrey Family Foundation
Connect US Fund
Afghan Women's Network
Arab American Family Services
Chicago Foundation for Women
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Equality Now
Heartland Alliance
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center
Heshima Kenya
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights
Muslim Women Alliance
Real Men Cook
UniVerse of Poetry
Women for Afghan Women
The Women's Center - DePaul University

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