The 11th Herat Security Conference took place on Monday in the capital of Tajikistan, with the participation of researchers, journalists, women’s rights activists, university professors, and prominent political figures from the previous government.
The organizers of this conference are women, who are taking the lead in ensuring its success. On the first day of the event, several prominent political figures from the previous Afghan government, including Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of the National Security, and Dr. Spanta, the former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, delivered speeches, expressing their appreciation for the relentless efforts of Afghan women in the country.
In this conference, Rahmatullah Nabil stated that the current crisis in Afghanistan can be resolved through regional consensus. However, he emphasized that there are varying perspectives on Afghanistan, with some viewing it as a black hole while others see it as an opportunity. Nevertheless, the path to Afghanistan’s return to its people requires reconciling these differing viewpoints.
Dr. Spanta, during his address at the conference, highlighted the relentless struggle of women in Afghanistan, stating that “the vibrant fight of women for their freedom and human rights stands as the most glorious symbol of our people’s struggle for liberty, justice, and democracy.”
The Herat Security Conference, organized annually by the Institute of Strategic Studies of Afghanistan, brings together researchers, policymakers, journalists, human rights advocates, and writers.
On the first day of this conference, one of the panels, titled “Gender Apartheid: From Discourse to Effective Solutions,” discussed gender discrimination in Afghanistan and its consequences. Participants warned about the deepening inequalities, particularly gender-based disparities.
Bushra Gohar, speaking at the gender apartheid panel, praised the courage of Afghan women and added, “These Afghan women are currently resisting the Taliban’s occupation both inside and outside Afghanistan. Therefore, we must acknowledge their courage because they are not just fighting for their rights. They are fighting for women’s rights in the region and beyond.”
According to her, if the world truly cared about the ban on women by the Taliban, the United Nations and the international community should declare an emergency.
According to Mohammad Moradian, the head of the Institute of Strategic Studies of Afghanistan, this conference focuses primarily on the future of Afghanistan, and at least 50 individuals from twenty different countries will be present to discuss Afghanistan-related issues.