The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and our endorsing partners are pleased to announce that the high-level Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan will be held in Oslo on 23 November.
The symposium will focus on how to sustain and advance gains made by women and girls in Afghanistan going forward. To this end, the discussions will
- Provide an opportunity for in-depth exchange on the key reforms and investments that are needed,
- Discuss important ways in which the international community can support progress, and
- Send the message of international support to women's rights and empowerment in Afghanistan.
The program will encompass a high-level opening session to signal commitment and stake out a course for the future. Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg will open the symposium. Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende will be joined in a high-level panel discussion by colleagues representing among others Afghanistan, the United States and civil society in Afghanistan. The opening session will be open to registered media and all invited participants.
The opening session will be followed by closed-door working sessions for all invited participants in the form of panel discussions on selected sub-topics covering human rights, justice and political participation, as well as education and economic participation. The panel discussions will seek to identify practical measures and summarize key findings and recommendations.
The Oslo Symposium will take place in advance of the London Conference on Afghanistan, which has been moved to 4 December. The findings of the symposium will provide valuable input and highlight women`s issues as we prepare for the discussions in London.
In addition to the co-sponsors, participants in the Oslo Symposium will represent among others civil society, women's organizations and politicians in Afghanistan, partner governments, Afghan and international experts, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
The co-sponsors of the Oslo Symposium are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States Department of State, as well as the Afghan Women’s Network, the Georgetown University Institute of Women Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.