New York City Public Program: Status of Women in Afghanistan

Event: Monday, December 9, 2019, New York City

9:30 am EST: Arrivals
10 am – 11:30am EST: Discussion
12 East 49th Street, 18th Floor

Underrepresented in the peace process, Afghan women are concerned about potential outcomes and implications of a possible U.S. withdrawal. The 2019 Survey of the Afghan People—based on face-to-face interviews conducted in July-August 2019 with a nationally representative sample of 17,812 citizens across all 34 Afghan provinces—provides important insights on the status of women in Afghanistan and examines women’s and men’s differing opinions on the role of women in society, security, the economy, corruption, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, and political participation in Afghanistan. The Asia Foundation’s annual survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time, allowing for analysis of gender issues and changing trends in public perceptions. Please join Dr. Tabasum Akseer, director of policy and research at The Asia Foundation in Afghanistan in conversation with senior director of the Women’s Empowerment program, Jane Sloane for a discussion on the status of women in Afghanistan.

Afghan Survey

Tabasum Akseer is director of Policy and Research in The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan office. She oversees the Foundation’s annual Survey of the Afghan People, the broadest and longest running public opinion survey in the country. The Survey polls Afghans across all 34 provinces, including insecure and physically challenging environments. Since 2004, the Survey has gathered the opinions of tens of thousands Afghan men and women, providing a unique longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, media, women’s issues, and migration. Based in Kabul, Tabasum provides overall strategic planning, management and guidance related to the Survey, and leads all writing and analysis. Among the research projects she leads are the National Disability Survey of Afghanistan 2018 and the Survey of the Afghan Returnees. Prior to her work at The Asia Foundation, Tabasum consulted on projects intersecting gender, peace, security, and human rights.

Related locations: New York
Related programs: Lotus Circle, Survey of the Afghan People


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