The speakers included, Madame Fawzia Habibi, Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs in Afghanistan; Madame Askin Asan, Deputy Minister of Family and Social Policies of Turkey; Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UNDP Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific; Ms. Daisy Khan, Founder of Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE); and Ms. Helen Stawski, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy and Strategy, Islamic Relief Worldwide.
Mr. Rosellini, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP then took the floor.
stated that UNDP's programming on gender equality and women's empowerment was based on international norms and standards and was vital in the achievement of sustainable development and rights.
stressed the importance of advocacy for women's and girl's rights and challenging stereotypes.
highlighted UNDP's role in focusing on the political, economic, and legal empowerment of women in Afghanistan.
noted that Afghanistan was going through multiple transitions and that the people of the country needed support through these transitions.
noted that UNDP worked in Afghanistan for the past fifty years and that peace, security, and development were all still issues critical for Afghanistan.