The Massey Dialogues (@MasseyCollege) – Nurjehan Mawani on Voices of Resilience: My Experiences in Afghanistan (@AkdnAfg)

April 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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On Resilience and Holding the Line: Safeguarding the Gains in Afghanistan. Principal Des Rosiers will interview Ms. Nurjehan Mawani, past Chair and CEO of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, who recently returned to Canada following her service as the Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and who will reflect on her experiences in Afghanistan. They will be joined in conversation by Matthew Fisher, the 2018-2019 Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy, and Junior Fellow Leah Morris to add their reflections and commentary.
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The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues.

Nurjehan Mawani C.M. served as the AKDN Diplomatic Representative to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2013-2019 and to the Kyrgyz Republic from 2005-2013. As Ambassador, she guided AKDN’s engagement through periods of political instability,Nurjehan insecurity and economic transitions while coordinating the expansion of the Network’s development activities to strengthen critical human and institutional capacity. In these endeavours Mrs. Mawani and the agencies of the AKDN worked in close collaboration with government, international partners and civil society to improve the quality of life, remaining steadfast to AKDN’s underlying philosophy guided by His Highness that “human progress depends on human cooperation.”

Her experience working in fragile contexts has centred on an enduring lesson namely that durable peace and stability are inextricably linked with inclusive and equitable development. Particularly in the context of Afghanistan she worked tirelessly with multiple stakeholders to ensure that women’s roles, experiences and voices were included in policy development through active promotion of the social and economic inclusion of women at all levels of society, particularly from remote areas.

Matthew Fisher has been a journalist for 46 years. Thirty-five of those years were spent as a foreign correspondent for the National Post and Postmedia, Sun Media, the Globe and Mail and other news organizations. He has an abiding interest in security and defence issues and, early in his working life, was deeply involved in sports. He has lived in Germany, Belgium, Britain, Hong Kong, the Middle East and, more recently, Afghanistan. His assignments have taken him to 171 countries. He has also been to all US states and Canadian provinces and territories and covered 9 Olympic Games.

Junior Fellow Leah Morris has worked with vulnerable populations around the world. In Kingston, Jamaica, she assisted in establishing a mobile health program with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities coalition. Back home she continued with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Interagency Organization on AIDS and Development.

April 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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The Massey Dialogues: In March 2020, Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers launched The Massey Dialogues – an online salon discussion series featuring experts and scholars from our wonderful community to be experienced and enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own home and shared online. Learn more about this initiative here

Massey College is a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. The College offers much more than a residence; it provides a unique, congenial and intellectual environment for graduate students of distinguished ability in all disciplines to share in a rich and stimulating community.


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