Afghan Women: 2014 and Beyond

Five leading Afghan women’s rights advocates discuss the upcoming Afghan elections and the political transition process, the gains made by Afghan women and the challenges ahead, and the general prospects for Afghanistan post-2014.

They also share the findings of an Afghanistan Women’s Network discussion paper, titled Vision 2024, which outlines the achievements of Afghan women over the past decade and makes recommendations for sustaining these gains post-2014. The paper is the result of regional consultations in all 34 Afghan provinces.


  • Hasina Safi has served as executive director of the Afghan Women’s Network, or AWN, since May 2013.
  • Palwasha Hasan is the founding member of many existing human rights groups, including the Afghan Women's Network, the Women and Street Children Project, and Roazana.
  • Lida Nadery currently works as the deputy chief of party for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Land and Reform in Afghanistan.
  • Mary Akrami has been the director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center since 1999.
  • Manizha Naderi was born in Kabul and raised in New York. In 2006, she moved to Kabul to launch Women for Afghan Women’s work in Afghanistan.
  • Eliza Griswold (Moderator) is a writer who lives in New York City. Her book, I am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, will be published next month by Farrar Straus Giroux.