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Solidarity with Afghan School Girls: Defending the right to education during and after the crisis in Afghanistan
February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join BCCIC Member Organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan for our International Development Week event!
Join us on February 10 at 10:00am PT (11:00 am MT) to learn about the realities facing adolescent girls in the context of the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Their human rights, specifically the right to education, have been taken from them, and global response from civil society organizations and Canadians alike is required to provide the support and solidarity they now need.
The webinar will cover the importance of education in emergencies and why access to quality, gender equitable education is more important now than ever before. You’ll hear directly from grassroots leaders in Afghanistan responding to girls’ education needs, and the actions Canadian youth have taken in solidarity with adolescent girls in Afghanistan.
CW4WAfghan will also share advocacy tools and practical ideas for activists and allies to take up in their communities and networks.
This event is made possible thanks to contributions from Global Affairs Canada
Meet Our Speakers
Murwarid Ziayee, Senior Director with CW4WAfghan
Murwarid Ziayee is Senior Director at CW4WAfghan, and serves as a main liaison between staff in our National Office in Canada and Country Office staff in Kabul. Murwarid has a BA in Political Science and Law from Kabul University. Prior to moving to Canada in 2018, Murwarid managed the day-to-day operations at the Kabul Office, undertaking the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on our partners, programs and projects. She has also worked with UNAMA as a National Gender Affairs Officer and later as a National Human Rights Officer, and with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan in the former government. She served the Office of the President as Program Officer with a focus on analysis of women’s rights issues.
Sarah Keeler, Advocacy and Engagement Manager with CW4WAfghan
Sarah Keeler is the Advocacy and Engagement Manager at CW4WAfghan, where her work focuses on supporting Canadians as global citizens to mobilize and advocate for the rights of Afghan women and girls, and on global coalition building for advocacy. Sarah is an experienced community and international development specialist with a passion for using her storytelling and ethnographic expertise to engage with and amplify the work of diverse groups with lived experience. As an activist and practitioner she is passionate about decolonial and participatory approaches to development, and has managed or supported projects focused on women’s health and economic empowerment, food sovereignty, gender based violence, and refugee mental health among others. Before joining CW4WAfghan she worked with agencies including the US Institute of Peace, DFID, and the International Organization for Migration in Iraq, Turkey, Kenya, and Mexico, as well as with non-profits in Canada and the EU.
Representative(s) from PenPath for Education
PenPath is a volunteer-run organization of young Afghan women and men from all over the country, working with war-torn communities to bring a positive change in their lives through education.
Students and teachers from the Calgary Girls Charter School Social Impact class.
CGCS is a public charter school empowered by the knowledge that when every aspect of a school is designed for girls, it creates endless opportunities for girls to learn, grow, and develop.