Eyes on Afghanistan
Our team are committed to keeping the focus on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Visit this page for action items and to keep abread of what is going on. Much of the press features interviews with our Executive Director and Senior Director.
We encourage you to bookmark News to keep up with the rapidly changing situation.
How the West can influence the Taliban, Al Jazeera Media View with Murwarid Ziayee
With her family stranded in Afghanistan, Murwarid Ziayee says Canada failed refugees, with Lauryn Oates and Murwarid Ziayee, CTV News
Lauryn Oates on Global Radio – around 18 minute mark
Lauryn on CBC Radio Ottawa Morning -click August 30 segment What Future do Women’s Education Projects Have Under Taliban? (Lauryn around 2 minute mark)
What future do women’s education projects have under the Taliban, Ottawa Morning Radio with Lauryn Oates
Canadians must help ease the chaos in Afghanistan, Lauryn Oates, Troy Media
Global News – ‘They’re not going to have mercy on our family’: Fear for women, girls left in Afghanistan
The Uncertain future of Afghan women and girls, Murwarid Ziayee on Global News
Afghan community organizing rally to call attention to country’s crisis with Lauryn Oates, CBC News
Broken Promises in Afghanistan, Lauryn Oates, Calgary Herald
Lauryn Oates in Calgary Herald: “If we don’t do this right, it will be a bloodbath.
Najia Haneefi, Ottawa Chapter co-chair on the Unsettled Situation, CBC Radio.
Lauryn Oates on Power and Politics: “My concern is for every last woman and girl in Afghanistan”
Murwarid Ziayee speaks about her concern for women and girls in Fashion Magazine
‘We need your solidarity’: Sarah Keeler on Global news
“Canada has ‘no plans’ to recognize Taliban as Afghanistan government” says Trudeau, including an interview with Sarah Keeler, Global News
As Taliban take over Afghanistan, many women ‘have real reason to be terrified’, Sarah Keeler in Toronto Star
Calgary-based aid group mobilizes against human rights violations of Afghani women, Lauryn Oates and Murwarid Ziayee on CTV Calgary
Concerns mount for Afghanistan’s women and girls, Sarah Keeler and Murwarid Ziayee on Global News
Demand Leadership and Action
Canada is a global leader in promoting the importance of women in peace and security internationally, exemplified through our country’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Join us in demanding the Canadian Government leverage this global leadership position and the legacy of our country’s efforts in Afghanistan in influencing the international community, the US Government, and NATO.
Our advocacy work is rapidly transitioning to ensure humanitarian assistance. We will post updates as we learn more from our team on the ground in Afghanistan. We draw on the expertise of an Advisory Council of Afghan women from politics and civil society, as well as the perspectives and priorities of diverse activists in our coalition networks.
Post on social media. Use the hashtags #StandWithAfghanistan #HumanRightsAreUniversal
Remember to tag us @CW4WAfghan (on Facebook and Twitter)/ @cw4wafghanistan (on Instagram)!
Taliban Boot Looms Large: Canada’s National Post looks at the growing crisis in Afghanistan and the role CW4WAfghan play, both on the ground delivering basic needs and helping remotely.
Western Amnesia and the Trauma of Taliban Rule, by Lauryn Oates, The Dimplomat, April 30, 2021
Without a Ceasefire, Peace Talks for Afghanistan Are a Sham, by Lauryn Oates, The Calgary Herald, November 23, 2020
- Access to Education is Fundamental to the Protection of Afghan Women’s Rights, by Murwarid Ziayee and Sarah Keeler, Ms. Magazine, September 1, 2020
- Afghans Know What a Desirable Peace Looks Like, and It’s One Where Rights Truly Exist, by Murwarid Ziayee, Medium, April 16, 2020
- US-Taliban agreement leaves Afghan women in jeopardy, by Nadia Hashimi, The Hill, March 14, 2020
- Peace with the Taliban comes at the expense of Afghanistan’s women, by Sally Armstrong, The Globe & Mail, March 6, 2020
- Afghan women will reject Taliban rule: First Lady, by Anwar Iqbal, Dawn, November 2019
- What the Taliban are telling themselves about war and peace, Christian Science Monitor, September 2019
- Without Afghan Women, There Can Be No Peace, Feminist Majority Foundation statement, September 2019
- Trump’s Taliban peace talks have collapsed. But many Afghans aren’t surprised — or sad, By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, NBC News, September 2019
- Yes, the Taliban has changed — it’s gotten much better at PR, By Tanya Goudsouzian, The Washington Post, August 2019
- Afghans Want the Right Peace Deal, Not Just an End to Violence, By Belquis Ahmadi, US Institute for Peace, August 2019
- The Taliban Promise to Protect Women. Here’s Why Women Don’t Believe Them, By Cora Engelbrecht, The New York Times, July 2019
Female delegates during the opening ceremony of the Grand Assembly, April 29, 2019. An expected agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to smooth future negotiations raises concerns that women may lose some freedoms. (Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times)
- What Will Peace Talks Bode for Afghan Women? Briefing Note, International Crisis Group, April 2020
- Afghan Women Draw #MyRedLine for Peace with the Taliban
- Rights of Afghan Women and Peace Negotiations, APPRO, May 2019
- Fragility and Making Peace: Rights of Afghan Women and Peace With the Taliban, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), May 2019
- Peace Negotiations with Taliban, APPRO, April 2019
- Statement on Afghan Women’s Vision for Ceasefire, January 2021
- Never Go Back: Our Position on Negotiations With the Taliban (2020),
- Summary of CW4WAfghan Position on Taliban Negotiations, March 2020
- Call to Commit to the Protection of Women’s Rights (2019)
- What Needs to Happen (2017)
- CW4WAfghan is a signatory of the open letter in support of the Afghan people by friends of Afghanistan. As US and NATO forces withdraw, we must not abandon the Afghan people and their democratic republic.
- Human Rights Watch joins Afghan and international human rights organizations calling for a United Nations-mandated fact-finding mission to investigate escalating attacks on civilians in Afghanistan to promote justice and accountability.
- Letter to Taliban 2021, May 2021, Afghan Women’s Network
- Statement on the Assassination of Two Female Supreme Court Judges
- Letter in protest of US Special Representative for Afghan Peace Sidelining Women, March 2021
- An Open Letter to President Biden, Our Voices, Our Future, January 2021
- Sign and share this petition created by WLUML calling for a ceasefire and protections of Afghan women’s rights.
- An Open Letter to European Union Leaders, Our Voices, Our Future, October 2020
- An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Our Voices, Our Future, October 2020
- An Open Letter from World Leaders Calling for Afghan Women’s Meaningful Participation in the Peace Process, September 2020
- An Open Letter to Our Allies, Our Voices, Our Future, September 2020
- An Open Letter to the Taliban, Our Voices, Our Future, August 2020