If any of you have suggestions for panelists to participate in this "Ascent of Woman" Comomonwealth Club program, please contact Paul Clarke and copy me. Thanks so much.
RPCV/NIgeria & Liberia
Program Coordinator, Commonwealth Club Intl. Relations Forum
In a message dated 8/3/2010 6:41:15 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, clarkeusaf@...
I am working an event on 23 August called Remembering Afghan Women. It is a great topic, but two of my speakers recently dropped, so I am stuck with an Afghan expert, Katherine Brown, who is great on Afghanistan, but is no expert on development or women's issues. Do you have in your vast network someone who is an expert on development or women's issues or even South Asian issues? Thanks, I appreciate your time.
Remembering Afghan Women
Katherine Brown, Truman National Security Project Fellow; Former Communications and Public Events Advisor, U.S. Embassy Kabul; NGO Worker; Former White House Staffer
Kate Francis, Assistant Director, Womens Empowerment Program, the Asia Foundation.
Olga Oliker, Senior International Policy Analyst, the RAND Corporation
Following the overthrow of the misogynistic Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the situation for women seemed to enter a promising era. A Ministry of Women was established, and a new constitution guaranteed women 25-percent representation in the legislature. But progress has been stymied in Afghanistan and regionally. More than 80 percent of Afghan women are illiterate and many remain victims of violence. Our experts will address the key challenges that hamper progress in both Afghanistan and South Asia and present possible solutions. The panel will argue that improving the situation of women is the most effective way to ensure sustainable development in the region.
MLF: Asia-Pacific Affairs
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 networking reception, 6-7:30 p.m. program
Cost: MEMBERS FREE, $20 non-members
Program Organizer: Paul Clarke
Also know: In association with the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute, The Asia Foundation and the Asia Society of Northern California.