Afghan Women in a Post-Taliban Society: Challenges Ahead

Shukria Barakzai
Member of the Afghan Parliament &
Editor of "Aina-e Zan" (Mirror on Women) Magazine
  5-6pm, Monday 8th June 2009
Committee Room 8, House of Commons 
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP, the Henry Jackson Society and the European Foundation for Democracy are pleased to be able to invite you to a discussion of "Afghan Women in a Post-Taliban Society: Challenges Ahead" by Shukria Barakzai, a member of the Afghan parliament. The discussion will focus on the role of Afghan women in society, business and politics. Underlying these themes will be a consideration of the importance of democracy in Afghanistan.
TIME: 5-6pm
VENUE: Committee Room 8, House of Commons   
Shukria Barakzai is a member of the Afghan Parliament and the editor of "Aina-e Zan" (mirror of women). She played an important role in drafting the Afghan constitution and established the Afghan women journalists association. On her homepage http://shukriabarakzai.net, she stresses the importance of elections and the right to vote. Her campaign is focused on the problems women still face in Afghanistan and on law enforcement. As a fluent English speaker, she is frequently invited to speak to international events, including at the European Parliament and the East West Institute Security Conference in Brussels. She has received several international and national awards, including:
2008 Outstanding Intellectuals, Cambridge University
2007 International award for democracy and human rights from Florence, Italy 
2006 Bravery Medal from France Parliament
2005 Young global leader (World Economic Forum) www.yglweforum.org
2004 International Editor of the Year - www.worldpress.org 
2004 Medal of National Honour - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
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