The lives of Afghan women will be the focus of an Amnesty International and Oxfam event at Parramatta Town Hall on May 15.
The Afghanistan at a Crossroads event will feature three Afghan panelists, including Zulaikha Rafiq of the Afghan Women Educational Center; Colonel Najibullah Samsour, chief of district 10 police for the Afghan police force and Oxfam’s policy officer in Afghanistan Mohammad Sharif.
Ming Yu, Amnesty International Australia's campaigner on Afghan women's rights, and the fourth speaker on the day, told the Sun the event was a rare opportunity for Australia’s Afghan communities and other Australians to listen to the views of three panelists from Afghanistan on the state of women’s rights in their central Asian nation.
‘‘These three amazing people have been championing women’s rights,’’ Ms Yu said.
‘‘There’s threats and challenges that still remain. Women in public are still threatened.’’
‘‘Another aim of the event is to send a message that everyday Australians can encourage government to make sure that women’s rights are prioritised and strengthened.’’
Ms Yu said Australia’s position on the United Naitons Security Council placed it in a position to affect positive influence on the continued development of women’s rights in Afghanisatan in the important months ahead, before the election of the country’s next president.
‘‘We need to make sure that the new president does prioritise women’s rights and not let it slide back to what it used to be like under the Taliban.’’