High-level Symposium in Oslo on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Note for Editors

On 23 November, Norway will host the Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan.

On 23 November, Norway will host the Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan.  

The symposium is being organised in close cooperation with the Afghan and US authorities and civil society organisations. Rula Ghani, Afghanistan’s new first lady, will be among those attending the symposium. Ms Ghani advises on issues relating to women, children and internally displaced people in Afghanistan. Together with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Ms Ghani will take part in the opening of the symposium. Professor Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, and a number of Afghan members of parliament and activists will also be in Norway to attend the symposium. 

The purpose of the symposium is to provide an arena for discussing how Afghanistan can advance women’s rights and empowerment, as well as how the international community can support the necessary reforms. 

Only accredited members of the press will be able to attend. Accreditation in advance is required.  

Go to the symposium's website for more information and to register 

Place: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sonja Henies Plass 3, Oslo 
Time: Sunday 23 November, 9:00–15:00 (open to members of the press until 11:15). 

Press contacts:
Communications Advisor Veslemøy Lothe Salvesen, +47 995 68 584
Communications Advisor Rune Bjåstad, +47 957 85 536