What if…

As a woman, you could no longer go to work or to school?

At CW4WAfghan, we are committed to continuing to put pressure on decision makers to support at risk Afghans, to remain committed to our mission, and to advocate on behalf of human rights. 

Saturday, October 23, we will be hosting our annual symposium and Annual General Meeting to share how CW4WAfghan will continue our work in Afghanistan, from delivering online education through the Darakht-e Danesh library and learning baskets to advocacy and public engagement.

A virtual symposium has the benefit of enabling broader participation, and after a survey, our supporters also indicated they are not yet ready to meet in person in a large gathering. We do anticipate organizing events to gather in early 2022.

The Symposium is a forum to connect and share ideas that help us explore and learn more about the importance of universal human rights in Afghanistan and what we can do as global citizens to support these rights.

The Symposium and AGM has been held in:

  • Calgary, Alberta (2004-2007 and 2017);
  • Kingston, Ontario (2008);
  • Vancouver, British Columbia (2009);
  • Kelowna, British Columbia (2010);
  • Oakville, Ontario (2011);
  • Pictou, Nova Scotia (2012);
  • Victoria, British Columbia (2013);
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba (2014);
  • Banff, Alberta (2015);
  • Ottawa, Ontario (2016);
  • Toronto, Ontario (2018) 20th Anniversary theme: Flicker To Flame: Teaching and Learning
  • Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia (2019) theme: Forward, Together: Supporting Resilience, Resolve and the Courage to Learn

In 2020, due to the pandemic, we hosted our first virtual symposium with the theme Never Go Back: Afghan women’s rights in the unfolding Intra-Afghan talks.

2021 Symposium and AGM: coming Saturday, October 23 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 12pm ET


The CW4WAfghan Annual Symposium and Annual General Meeting, whether in person or virtual, is the ultimate forum to connect, to be inspired and to take action.

“CW4WAfghan is a totally unique community, and nowhere is that more on display than during the annual symposium. This is so much more than a conference. It’s the well where we draw our inspiration from to work as hard as we do for the women and girls of Afghanistan.”

–Murwarid Ziayee, Senior Director, CW4WAfghan