Shadow Summit for Afghan Women’s Rights: The Critical Role of Women in the Afghan Transition Process

May 20, 2012

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaking at Amnesty International's Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights.

Afghan women's and girls' futures are at grave risk as the U.S. and allied forces make plans to withdraw in 2014. The NATO Summit in Chicago will focus on this transition, but Afghan women are not at the table for these critical discussions. This panel—part of Amnesty International's Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights—explores why women's voices should be at the forefront of the negotiations.

Panelists include: Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and chair of Albright Stonebridge Group; Afifa Azim, executive director of the Afghan Women's Network; Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; and Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. The discussion is moderated by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program.

This event was posted on Amnesty International's behalf by UniVerse of Poetry, an online anthology of international poetry dedicated to peace, compassion, and understanding. The creation of UniVerse was inspired by Afghan poet Nadia Anjoman, who wrote extensively about the rights of the women of her country and was killed in 2005 after publishing her first book.

Recorded Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Swissôtel Chicago.