MED Women’s Forum Declaration: The Importance of Afghan Women’s Condition

On 5 December, the “Women’s Forum” of the Rome Med Dialogues addressed women issues in the world and especially women’s condition in Afghanistan. The country represents a particularly challenging case: women’s rights advanced considerably in the country since the austere rule of the Taliban was ended in 2001. Yet the start of negotiations with the Taliban may endanger such hard-fought rights. The participants warned against this risk and urged the local and international actors involved to keep Afghan women’s rights on the top of their agenda. They deem fundamental that women sit at the negotiation table to take part in the decision making process. The forum saw the participation of more than 60 women from the MENA region and was also actively attended by Emanuela Del Re, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Elisabetta Belloni, Italy’s Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Yemen, Staffan De Mistura, former UN Special Envoy for Syria and Marta Dassù, Senior Advisor European Affairs of Aspen Institute Italia. The Forum represents a leading platform in strengthening women’s role in international politics and diplomacy today.