Synergy: Nurjehan Mawani – AKDN’s Diplomat, joins civil society & leaders of 32 nations in Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4 December, 2014), the Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan was chaired by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended by Government and Civil Society Leaders including the Aga Khan Development Network.

Ismailimail presents below an excerpt from the summary report of the messages from Oslo and pictures for our readers.

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan - Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network, Kabul (Photo: Norway MFA/ Kilian Munch)
Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan – Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network, Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo: Norway MFA/ Kilian Munch)

Summary Report – Messages from Oslo

The Oslo Symposium on “Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan” gathered senior representatives of the Afghan government, parliament, and civil society, together with representatives of 32 governments, multilateral organizations and international civil society organizations.
The symposium highlighted Afghanistan’s achievements over the past 13 years, with international support, identified challenges for sustaining progress, and advanced recommendations on how to address the issues.

The main message to come out of the Oslo Symposium was the mutual commitment by Afghanistan’s new Government of National Unity, Afghan civil society and international partners take decisive action to advance gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment.

About the Oslo Symposium

The Oslo Symposium will take place in advance of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4 December, 2014). The findings of the symposium will provide valuable input and highlight women`s issues as we prepare for the discussions in London.

In addition to the co-sponsors, participants in the Oslo Symposium will represent among others civil society, women’s organizations and politicians in Afghanistan, partner governments, Afghan and international experts, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Oslo Symposium is chaired by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, US Department of State, Afghan Women’s Network, Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security and Peace Research Institute Oslo.


About Nurjehan Mawani

Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani is the new Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Mrs. Mawani succeeds Mr. Aly Mawji who represented AKDN in Afghanistan for more than a decade.

For the past eight years, Mrs. Mawani has served as the AKDN Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic where she has guided the work of AKDN agencies during the country’s transition period, working in close partnership with the Government, Parliament and institutions of civil society.

Prior to that, she served as Senior Advisor on Diversity to the President of the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) and before that she served for two and one-half years as a Commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Canada.

A native of Mombasa, Kenya, Nurjehan Mawani practiced law in London, England and Vancouver prior to becoming Deputy Chairperson and then Chair and CEO of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, followed by her appointment to the PSC. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada (C.M.) and numerous other awards for her contributions to a number of not-for-profit organizations.

AKDN Resident Representative

Wikipedia defines, an ambassador as an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.

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