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The Future for Women in Afghanistan

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?

In the Studio and on Stream | Talks & Ideas


“As a young Hazara woman who lives in Australia, I fear what the resurgence of the Taliban means for Afghanistan.”

Atika Hussain

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

More about...

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.

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