The Role of Women in Afghanistan: Key Findings from the 2019 Survey of the Afghan People

Event: Thursday, December 5, 2019, Washington, DC

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Despite multiple rounds of negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban throughout 2019, prospects for a sustainable political settlement in Afghanistan remain unclear, as does the future for Afghan women. Underrepresented in the peace process, Afghan women are concerned about potential outcomes and the 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 views on women’s rights, security, the economy, corruption, reconciliation with the Taliban, and political participation. First commissioned in 2004, the annual survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time, allowing for analysis of gender issues and changing trends in public perceptions. Experts will discuss findings from the 2019 Survey and reflect on the implications of this year’s data for women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan.

Tabasum Akseer, Director of Policy and Research, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Farhat Popal, Senior Program Manager, Women’s Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
Fazel Rahim, Gender Training Specialist II, EnCompass LLC

Jane Sloane, Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey. To register for the event please contact [email protected] This event will no longer be streamed live due to technical difficulties.

Related locations: Washington DC
Related programs: Empower Women