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Reimagining Gender, Peace and Security: Unveiling the untold story of women’s mental health in post-conflict environments

Time (GMT +01) 18:00 19:30
Image credit:Lianna Adams & Nahid Shahalimi
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Join us for a panel discussion breaking barriers and challenging conventional norms of gender, peace and security. We are shining a much needed light on an often overlooked issue – women’s mental health in post-conflict settings.

Since the Taliban takeover, the narrative across the media suggests an overwhelming concern with the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Through a report released by our partners, DROPS and SOAS, Afghan women continue to highlight the lack of awareness of women’s rights in conflict spaces. The report confirms that women live in a reality where mounting restrictions affect their ability to survive. Engaging in the realities and agency of Afghan women provides an alternative route to furthering policy and advocacy in this under researched area.

As part of this event, we will be displaying recent findings of the BISHNAW survey on women and mental health in Afghanistan with 2112 women in 18 provinces. Alongside engaging with our panel of activists and thought-leaders to share different perspectives and experiences on the topic of women and mental health.


  • Ayesha Khan 3.2

    Ayesha Khan (Chair)

    Senior Research Fellow, GESI, ODI

  • Mariam Safi

    Mariam Safi (Presenter)

    Director of Kabul-based Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS)

  • Althea-Maria Rivas

    Althea-Maria Rivas (Presenter)

    Senior Lecturer in Global Development, Peace and Conflict, SOAS

  • Madeleine Rees

    Madeleine Rees (Panellist)

    British Lawyer and current Secretary General of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

  • Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

    Dorothy Estrada-Tanck (Panellist)

    Chair for the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls