The fourth volume of the Women and Public Policy Journal includes 12 articles by Afghan women on the timely topic of ‘Electoral Trajectory in Post-2001 Afghanistan: Assessment and Recommendations.’This year’s journal is dedicated to elections in the post-2001 period in Afghanistan. It offers in-depth analyses on the evolution of laws, policies and institutions related to elections in Afghanistan. All articles in this year’s journal has been peer-reviewed by experts, Dr. S.Y. Qureshi (former Chief Election Commissioner of India) and Mr. Ahmadullah Archiwal (Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) on Election Affairs.
Farkhonda Tahery is a senior student of Sociology and Philosophy at Kabul University. She is passionate about research in social sciences with a keen interest in education and gender studies. She has also been involved in various leadership and exchange programs. She is a Women to Women 2016—Women International Leadership Conference alumnae. She has also been a participant in the Academic Human Rights Club 2017 which was organized in Kabul by the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization. Earlier, she has been an exchange student of Youth Solidarity and English Language Program (YSEL 2013). In addition to her professional background,
Madam President, Your Excellencies, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address the Security Council. I would like to thank the Netherlands, as the president of the Security Council this month, for inviting me to share my perspectives on the Afghan peace process. Today, in my capacity as a peacebuilder and member of the research community in Afghanistan, I would like to touch on the current trends, conditions on the ground, and key issues relating to the Afghan peace process. The perspectives I will be sharing with you have been deeply informed by a decade of consultations, I have
MARIAM SAFI, Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies, highlighted current trends, ground conditions and issues related to the peace process. While great progress had been made since 2001, with a vibrant generational youth, women’s representation and a promising democratic system of governance, the hope of a brighter future was beginning to fade. In an ever more complicated theatre of conflict, safe zones had become battlefields, with the Taliban, along with its Haqqani Network, and ISIL (Da’esh) affiliates targeting civilians. It was extremely alarming that 1,224 women had been killed in 2017, compared to 285 in
On 19 December 2017, DROPS launched the 3rd Vol. of its flagship publication, Women and Public Policy Journal, themed on “Afghanistan Peace Process: Evaluation, Impact and Gaps” at the Government Media and Information Center. Keynote speakers included Dr. Habiba Sarobi (Deputy Chairman of the High Peace Council, Mr. Scott Smith (Dir. of Pol. Affairs UNAMA) and Mariam Safi (Dir. DROPS). Press Release of Launch of 3 Vol. Women and Public Policy Journal
The third edition of the Women and Public Policy Journal includes 12 articles by Afghan women on the timely topic of ‘Afghanistan’s Peace Process: Evaluation, Impact and Gaps.’This year’s journal offers in-depth analyses with essays evaluating key pillars of peace processes, with a specific focus on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process, and case studies that draw lessons for Afghanistan from processes that have unfolded in other contexts. As such, this year’s journal authors provide a clear illustration of the evolution, impact and gaps in the Afghan peace process and offer recommendations for the Afghan government and relevant stakeholders on
DROPS participated in a two-day joint workshop between the government and civil society organizations, held on August 27-28, 2017, by Open Government Partnership Secretariat at Marble Palace. The workshop brought together representatives of all government agencies and a wide number of civil society organizations to draft the first two-year National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership Afghanistan (OGP-A). DROPS in OGP Workshop
DROPS held a 3-day workshop on Critical Thinking and Research Methodology in three private universities located in Kabul, these included Khurshid University, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, and the University of Afghanistan. The primary objective of the workshop was to familiarize students with research methodologies and epistemological issues, while highlighting both theoretically, and in practice, the importance of critical thinking as a vital tool in assess and strengthening democratic principles .
Bismellah Alizada, Deputy Director of DROPS, writes for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), on the security situation in Kabul, pointing to 2017 as the deadliest year for residents while exploring ways in which the present state-of-affairs has the potential to pose bigger problems for the already weakened National Unity Government. IPCS commentary