The Future for Women in Afghanistan
Zarlasht Sarwari, Mariam Veiszadeh & Najeeba Wazefadost
Hosted by Diana Sayed
The Australian and American troops are gone, the Taliban are back in power. What is life like now for women and girls in Afghanistan and what can we in the rest of the world do to help?
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Pre-sale and on-sale information
General public on sale – 9am, Thursday 16 December
Insider Member Priority – 9am, Thursday 16 December
General public on sale - 9am, Friday 17 December
Standard tickets from $33 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction Save up to 15% with a festival Multipack | Livestream tickets from $15
|Insider (Save 20% on this performance)||$26.40
|Multipack Buy 3 - 4 events and save 10%||$29.70|
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|Livestream festival pass||$85|
|Babes in arms||$10|
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This talk runs for approximately 60 minutes (no interval)
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
In English | Auslan interpreted | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible
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Suitable for all ages
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.
“As a young Hazara woman who lives in Australia, I fear what the resurgence of the Taliban means for Afghanistan.”
Exploring the reality for women in Afghanistan now
At the end of August 2021, Australian and American military forces withdrew from Afghanistan. With the Taliban now in control after the 20-year "war on terror", many are fearful about the fate of women under the fundamentalist regime that restricts women’s participation in public life.
Human rights lawyer Diana Sayed leads a panel of distinguished Afghan-Australian women with deep connections to family and friends in Afghanistan. Did the Western presence benefit or disrupt Afghan women’s organisations? How do Afghan women and their allies around the world fight for their freedom? This will be an essential session filled with expert knowledge and personal stories.
Co-curated by Diana Sayed and Bibi Mossavi
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Diana Sayed is a campaigner, international human rights lawyer, and CEO of the Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights. She was a senior crisis response campaigner at Amnesty International Australia where she worked on issues pertaining to war crimes in Syria, civilian casualties in Iraq, women’s rights in Afghanistan, and genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority community. She is passionate about taking an intersectional approach to gender equality. Diana has worked as an advocate, campaigner and disruptor defending human rights for over 10 years.
Zarlasht Sarwari is a researcher, writer and PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. Her research examines the impact of geopolitical forces and long-distance nationalism on identity construction and belonging among Afghanistan diaspora communities in Australia. Her work considers what it means to be from Afghanistan in the context of a homeland, both real and imagined, which has become increasingly out of reach and under threat.
Zarlasht has produced written works for The Southerly Journal, ABC radio, Sydney Writers Festival, Parramatta Laneways Festival and Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.
Mariam Veiszadeh is an award-winning human rights advocate, lawyer, diversity and inclusion practitioner, contributing author and media commentator.
Mariam was recently appointed as inaugural CEO of Media Diversity Australia. She has also founded the Islamophobia Register Australia, and has held multiple board positions including formerly as Co-Chair of Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights and Our Watch.
Mariam has worked as radio commentator for the ABC radio and as a columnist for Fairfax media.
With many accolades to her name including the Fairfax Daily Life 2016 Woman of the year, the 2015 Westpac Woman of Influence and Welcoming Australia Life Member Award in 2021, Mariam is renowned for influencing positive change both in the workplace and in society more broadly.
Mariam was born in Afghanistan and came to Australia in 1990 with her family as a refugee and has long been a vocal champion of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. When Kabul fell in August last year, Mariam was at the forefront of advocating for Australia to increase its humanitarian intake.
Najeeba Wazefadost, Founder and Executive Director of APNOR ( Asia Pacific Network of Refugees) and also the founding member of GIRL ( Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders.
Najeeba is a former refugee from Afghanistan who has graduated from B. Medical Science. She is the Founder of Global Refugee Network and the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees. Najeeba has been actively involved in the development of refugee-led networks at both the regional and global level, which focuses on bringing together refugee and migrant-led organizations and refugee change-makers from around the world to gather to discuss their lived experiences and propose solutions for more effective and sustainable refugee policy. She is an advocate, educator, public speaker, and researcher with strong qualitative and quantitative skills. She has worked throughout policy and program cycles from design, implementation, review and evaluation. Through all her work, she prioritises and amplifies the voices, experiences, and aspirations of those most directly impacted. She has been a gender audit to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and ensuring Gender equality and the empowerment of refugee and migrant women remains a top priority commitment.
Catch the livestream
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There's so much more...
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Inspired by the movement of survivor testimonies informing social change, the All About Women Opening Night Gala will be a heart-filled celebration of women transforming suffering into power featuring Tishani Doshi, Amani Haydar, Eliza Hull, Joelle Taylor & Jazz Money hosted by Julia Zemiro.
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aileen moreton-robinson, chelsea watego, amy mcquire & larissa behrendt
Indigenous women, white feminism and power; colonial violence, self-determination and Blak joy - what are the obstacles and pathways to a new future led by First Nations women? Find out at All About Women 2022.
Do you have a difficult choice to make? Do you need perspective that goes beyond your own view? You're invited to seek counsel with the elders at All About Women 2022.
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What safety measures do you have in place?
The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We have a number of safety measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage visitors to wear a face mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained. Please stay home if you feel unwell and read more about our flexible ticket options here.
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Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?
Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.
The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.
Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.
Will there be pram parking at kids performances?
All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.
Can my baby sit on my lap?
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.
Can I smoke at the Opera House?
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Once I have watched the livestream, can I watch it again later?
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