FOR GIWPS, support for afghan women leaders did not end on the tarmac
After helping evacuate more than a thousand women leaders from a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, the team at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security has worked for their ‘dignified resettlement.’
Annual Report: Onward for afghan women
At GIWPS, we are continuing to support Afghan women by providing a platform to elevate their voices and calls to action. Our 2023 annual report highlights the efforts of our initiative, Onward for Afghan Women, to raise awareness, advocate for policy change, and provide direct support to the Afghan women leaders we helped to evacuate in 2021.
For the first time, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) participated in the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council, an annual convening in Geneva run by an intergovernmental body within the UN system.
Members of Onward for Afghan Women’s network came together for a second annual retreat, hosted by GIWPS, to network, heal and advocate for women and girls in Afghanistan. Each day of the three-day retreat focused on a different theme: answering the call to lead in times of uncertainty, building platforms for change-making, and raising their voices while inspiring others to act.
GIWPS collaborated with Georgetown’s English Language Center to provide English language tutoring to Afghan refugees awaiting resettlement.
The program included conversation practice, cultural exchange, and professional mentoring. This article first appeared in Forging Ahead: The 2021-2022 Dean’s Report.
Still processing the trauma of their urgent evacuation and resettlement, members of Onward for Afghan Women network came to Washington for a retreat hosted by GIWPS to create a safe space to share their experiences and nurture their community.
Determined to help these evacuated leaders continue to advocate on behalf of Afghan women and girls during and after their resettlement, GIWPS has identified opportunities — and built a series of platforms — to amplify their voices.
To support the dignified resettlement of Afghan women leaders and support their continued advocacy, GIWPS matched more than a dozen Afghan women with fellowships and job opportunities in academic institutions.