High-level symposium on women’s rights in Afghanistan

‘Much has been achieved for women in Afghanistan, but the situation is fragile, and life for girls and women in the country is still more difficult than almost anywhere else in the world. They are afraid of being forgotten, and that the progress achieved may be negotiated away. This is why today’s symposium in Oslo is so important,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg, when she opened the symposium on women’s rights on Sunday 23 November, together with Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

‘Much has been achieved for women in Afghanistan, but the situation is fragile, and life for girls and women in the country is still more difficult than almost anywhere else in the world. They are afraid of being forgotten, and that the progress achieved may be negotiated away. This is why today’s symposium in Oslo is so important,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg, when she opened the symposium on women’s rights on Sunday 23 November, together with Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

The Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan was arranged in cooperation with Afghan and US authorities. The objective was to demonstrate that international support for the women of Afghanistan would continue, and to set the course for further cooperation. The recommendations from the symposium will be important for Afghanistan’s reform process and the aid that is being planned for the years ahead.

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Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Rula Ghani, First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway. Photo: Norway MFA/ Kilian Munch