US State Department to host summit on Afghan women’s issues

The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Boston University, will host the “Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience” summit on Tuesday, Feb. 27. This initiative aims to support education and work opportunities for Afghan women and girls.

Boston University announced that the event will take place at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.

Established in 2022 by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the initiative is a public-private partnership between the Department of State and Boston University.

It focuses on fostering innovative collaborations to enhance Afghan women and girls’ access to education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

The summit will bring together stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, academia, and government to discuss strategies for investing in and empowering Afghan women and girls.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan’s women and human rights, along with other leaders, are slated to be distinguished speakers at the event.

The summit will feature panel discussions on various topics, including education, employment, entrepreneurship, and comprehensive support systems for Afghan women and girls.

This event comes as women in Afghanistan face unprecedented restrictions under the Taliban’s rule.