Women and Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Key Findings from the 2018 Afghan Survey

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Choate Room, First Floor
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The 2018 Survey of the Afghan People provides critical insights on the status of women in Afghanistan and highlights gender gaps on a wide range of issues. The results of The Asia Foundation’s 14th annual public opinion survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 15,000 Afghan citizens across the country’s 34 provinces, and offer a unique opportunity to understand women’s and men’s perceptions of the role of women, security, the economy, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, governance, and political participation.

Experts from The Asia Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace will discuss findings from the 2018 Survey and reflect on the implications of this opinion data for women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan.

Tabasum Akseer,
Director of Policy and Research, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace; Member, U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council

Clare Lockhart,
Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness; Trustee, The Asia Foundation

To register please email dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.

Co-sponsored with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.

Join the conversation about the 2018 survey on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey.

5th Annual #GBVchat Tweetchat Relay

Banner with text: Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work; #GBVChat; November 29; 8AM-4PM EST; bit.ly/GBVChat18

8:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign which runs annually from November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). We invite you to join us for our fifth annual global tweetchat relay to mark the 16 Days of Activism (#16days). The topic this year will be Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work. The tweetchat will take place November 29 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Join development and health experts and justice and community activists for a day of conversation on the issues surrounding gender-based violence in the world of work and promising approaches to respond.

The tweetchat will cover a wide range of topics including evidence-based approaches to end violence against women, the intersection of economic empowerment and violence, engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls, and responding to violence against girls, among other important topics. Follow the hashtag #GBVchat to join the conversation.

November 29 Tweetchat Schedule:

Time (ET, GMT – 5:00) Organization or Project Follow
8:00am-9:00am ACDI/VOCA & EnCompass LLC @ACDIVOCA


9:00am-10:00am The Asia Foundation @Asia_Foundation
10:00am-11:00am Save the Children @SavetheChildren
11:00am-12:00pm Banyan Global @Banyan_Global
12:00pm-1:00pm World Vision @Worldvision
1:00pm-2:00pm Promundo @Promundo_US
2:00pm-3:00pm Chemonics @Chemonics
3:00pm-4:00pm IFES @IFESGender

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Romanoff Silva at The Asia Foundation at elizabeth.silva@asiafoundation.org

Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

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10:00 am – 11:30 am

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Voices of the Afghan People
The Asia Foundation releases its 14th annual public perception survey

Afghanistan is at an important moment in its history. Despite a persistent insurgency that continues to control and destabilize roughly half of the country, high levels of voter enthusiasm in the recent parliamentary elections demonstrated that the people of Afghanistan remain invested in the future of their democracy. Amid a renewed focus on political reconciliation and the upcoming presidential elections in April, citizens face important choices about Afghanistan’s future stability and prosperity.

These and other pressing issues facing Afghanistan are the subject of The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People. Please join The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, December 4, for a presentation on the key findings, and a panel discussion on the trends and shifts in the views of Afghan citizens from past years.

The annual survey is based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 15,000 citizens across all 34 Afghan provinces. The results reveal citizens’ views on a wide range of crucial issues, including security, the economy, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, the role of women, governance and political participation. This year’s survey also includes new questions related to local security, access to government services, and elections.

First commissioned in 2004, the survey provides an unmatched barometer of Afghan public opinion over time and a unique resource for policymakers and the international community, the Afghan government, and the broader public in Afghanistan.

Tabasum Akseer, Director of Policy & Research in Afghanistan
Abdullah Ahmadzai, Country Representative in Afghanistan
Amb. Daniel F. Feldman, former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State; Asia Foundation Trustee; and Partner, Akin Gump

Scott Worden, Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace

Please note: registration and photo IDs are required for attendance. Click to RSVP. 

Join the conversation about the survey on Twitter: #AfghanSurvey. 

The Asia Foundation thanks the United States Agency for International Development and the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support for this survey and for Afghan research capacity. This event is co-sponsored with the United States Institute of Peace.

Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Choate Room, 1st Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Women’s entrepreneurship is increasingly understood to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation: an estimated $4.5 trillion could be added to Asia and the Pacific’s GDP by 2025 by closing the gender disparities in economic opportunities. Widely recognized as a key component of women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship has the potential to contribute significantly to advancing women’s rights, opportunities and influence.

Join us for the release of a new publication, Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation. A joint undertaking between the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation, the new report provides a unique assessment of the current situation of women’s entrepreneurship in the region and includes key recommendations for contributing to an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs. The expert panel will reflect on the report findings and go beyond to explore the most pressing challenges women entrepreneurs face in Asia and the Pacific today; proven strategies for addressing gaps; and how organizations, governments, donors, and the private sector can help women-owned businesses to prosper.


Priya Basu, head, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Secretariat, World Bank Group

Kate Francis, co-author of Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific

Amarzaya Naran, former project manager, Women’s Business Center and Incubator, The Asia Foundation Mongolia


Jane Sloane, director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

Introductory Remarks

Bart Édes, representative, Asian Development Bank, North American Representative Office

Please email us at dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420 to RSVP for this event.

ASEAN Centrality and Regional Development Cooperation

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Choate Room, First Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

50 years since its founding, ASEAN is at an important crossroads. Increasing geopolitical competition is putting new pressure on ASEAN centrality. Neighboring powers, such as China, are finding new methods for exerting influence through soft power and access to official development assistance. The 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore illustrated how ASEAN leadership is being tested by rapidly changing events and geopolitical alignments.

The United States and allies such as Japan, Australia, and India, have a strong shared interest in strengthening ASEAN to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. While ASEAN unity has deteriorated in recent years, the regional network remains a critical vehicle for a rules-based order in this strategic region. As Chinese influence expands, the ASEAN regional architecture will allow the smaller states of this region to exert greater collective pressure and maintain an effective balancing strategy. Regional development initiatives, such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), have epitomized this new form of competition. Other major powers have followed suit, with Japan and India announcing new comparator regional infrastructure initiatives that may co-exist with or offer alternatives to BRI. These initiatives pose major opportunities and risks for ASEAN countries.

The Asia Foundation is releasing a study to analyze ASEAN’s role in addressing regional development challenges in Southeast Asia, and the potential for ASEAN to play a greater leadership role in shaping development cooperation. Discussion will include focus on ASEAN centrality and regional development initiatives, and approaches to Official Development Assistance, along with four case studies on disaster relief, workforce integration, human trafficking and sub-regional approaches.


Thomas Parks, Country Representative, Thailand, The Asia Foundation

Apichai Sunchindah, Senior Advisor and Researcher, Thailand, The Asia Foundation


John Brandon, Senior Director for International Relations programs, The Asia Foundation

Please email us at dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420 to RSVP for this event.

Advancing Gender Equality in the Philippines

9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT
12 East 49th Street (between 5th and Madison), Conference Room 18C (18th Floor), New York, NY
Please bring a photo I.D. to check in at the security desk

The Asia Foundation invites you to a Lotus Circle Salon with Sam Chittick, The Asia Foundation office’s country representative in the Philippines. The Asia Foundation’s programs in the Philippines promote better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, and foster peace and development in Mindanao. Building on its wide network of partners, the Foundation is helping government, local NGOs, and the private sector to strengthen democratic institutions and create sustainable economic growth. Join us to hear how the Foundation’s programs in the Philippines are empowering women and advancing gender equality

Sam Chittick was appointed country representative for the Philippines in July 2017. He oversees the Foundation’s programming in the Philippines, focused on supporting economic growth, strengthening justice and the rule of law, fostering peace and development, and improving governance. He leads a large country team with offices in Manila, Cotabato and Zamboanga, and engagements with a wide range of Philippine and international partners.

Please register for this event using the form below.

Approaches to Community Mediation in Asia

Community-based mediation is a proven alternative or complementary mechanism for resolving conflict and ensuring equal access to justice in countries that face a combination of capacity, time and cost, and social and cultural constraints that limit public access to formal legal services. In Asia, mediated dispute resolution has facilitated access to justice for the poor, women, and other marginalized communities and proven an effective method to reduce tensions which could otherwise fracture social relations between and within communities, exacerbate ongoing conflicts, or create new ones. The Asia Foundation has supported community mediation programs customized to local contexts in 16 countries across Asia for decades, operating in partnership with government in some places, supporting civil society initiatives in others, and facilitating collaboration between formal and informal actors.

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Dinesha de Silva, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Sri Lanka

Preeti Thapa, The Asia Foundation’s Director of Justice and Governance Programs in Nepal

Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, The World Bank


Kim McQuay, The Asia Foundation’s Managing Director, Program Specialists Group

Women and Peacebuilding in Nepal

9:30 am – 11:00 am EDT
12 East 49th Street (between 5th and Madison), Conference Room 18C (18th Floor), New York, NY
Please bring a photo I.D. to check in at the security desk

The Asia Foundation invites you to a Lotus Circle Salon with Preeti Thapa, director of Justice and Governance in Nepal. She will offer an update on the Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment initiatives in Nepal with a special focus on the role of women in promoting justice and peace. In Nepal, The Asia Foundation’s programs work to transform conflict, support subnational governance, strengthen women’s leadership, promote economic governance and enhance regional discourse on environmental resilience and human security.

Preeti Thapa is a U.S.-trained lawyer with 19 years of experience in law and law-related fields, gender, peacebuilding, and governance. She is a mediator and certified master trainer in interest-based mediation. She is an active member of a small community of mediation professionals in Nepal. She has worked to develop and institutionalize community mediation programs in 14 districts through five partner NGOs. Preeti has helped train more than 4,000 community mediators, one-third of whom are women.

Please register for this event using the form below.

As a Woman My Country is the Whole World

Water gathering

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sausalito Woman’s Club
120 Central Avenue Sausalito, CA 94965

The Asia Foundation Lotus Circle & the Sausalito Woman’s Club presents a conversation featuring

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

Sloane will talk about her journey to this global work in support of women human rights defenders and a global citizen movement, including what has sustained and inspired her own work as an activist and advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.

Space is limited. Please register for this FREE event by September 25:

Leaders on the Frontlines: Asia’s Changemakers of Today and Tomorrow

6:00 PM

Julia Morgan Ballroom | Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco

A special dinner honoring

Ban Ki-moon
Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations
With the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award

Featuring the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows

Hosted by Sydnie Kohara

Presented by:

The Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes prominent Asian leaders for a lifetime of achievement in government, business, and academia. The Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, former grantee and chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, who is widely respected for his accomplishments in science, higher education, and U.S.-Asia relations.

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program brings together exceptional individuals who are shaping Asia’s future. Twelve emerging leaders are selected each year to join a vibrant community of changemakers working on the frontlines to address the region’s most pressing development challenges.

Fellowship Sponsors:


Amanda Minami and David K. Chao Family Fund

Visionary Sponsors:

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Jerome and Thao Dodson
Jared Frost
Bill and Mary Kim
Timothy Kochis and Penelope Wong
Janet and Clint Reilly
Suzanne E. Siskel and Peter Gajewski
Lucinda B. Watson

Inspirational Sponsors:

David D. and Sherry Arnold
William H. Draper III
McKinsey & Company
Singularity Ventures
Wells Fargo


Asian Art Museum
Clark Nuber
Dean Fealk
Winnie C. Feng
William P. Fuller
G2 Insurance
Lisa M. Lum
Amy McCombs
Wendy Soone-Broder
Bishop William E. and Mary Swing
The Tien Family
Marsha Vande Berg
Judith F. Wilbur

Information about sponsorship packages.

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