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The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement is hosting, together with Rahela Trust, a diaspora conference: 

“What next for Afghan women? Education and empowerment under the Taliban”

Date: Monday 17thOctober, 09.30 AM – 4.30 PM

Location: Magdalene College

This conference is led by Afghan women and provides a unique opportunity to engage with their insights. It is an academic conference focusing on strategies international allies and the Afghan diaspora can adopt to facilitate Afghan women’s education.




With an aim to not lose another generation of intelligent female minds to the Taliban, the discussion will highlight the parameters for providing remote learning solutions, best-practice community-based education, barriers to effective international collaboration, and investment opportunities. This event seeks to consider how to strengthen the power of Afghan women to establish the political and social changes they wish to see in Afghanistan.

  • The challenges to accessing secondary and tertiary education faced by women and girls in Afghanistan
  • Community-based solutions to education for women and girls in Afghanistan
  • Remote solutions for education for women and girls in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees
  • Exploring regional solutions in countries neighbouring Afghanistan and in the UK and Europe for girls' and women's education
  • Investment opportunities for Afghan women's and girl's education
  • What international funding without discrimination means
  • Mechanisms for effective collaboration with Afghan diaspora groups in the UK and in the EU
  • Developing information hubs on education for Afghan refugees and asylum seekers

Confirmed speakers include Afghan women's rights activist and Founder of Rahela Trust, Rahela Sidiqi, Shukria Barakzai former MP of Afghanistan, Belquise Ahmadi and Afghan politician and women's rights activist, Fawzia Koofi.









Arrival at Cripps Auditorium for registration for badge and conference package distributions

08:30 - 09:30 AM

Dr. Marissa Quie & Samantha Rennie (Rahela Trust Chair)

Ziarmal Gharghasht (Rahela Trust AV Volunteer)

Rahela Sidiqi (Rahela Trust's Founder & Director)

Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta

Mohammad Nadir Noorzai (Chairman of Benawa University)

Opening remarks and welcome

Three-minute film 

Why we're here

Keynote speaker

The importance of investing in higher education


09:30 - 10:15 AM

Tea Break

Tea, Coffee & Refreshments served

10:15 - 10:30 AM


Dr Gloria Moss



Wahidullah Azizi 




Malia Shir M

Panel 1 



After the collapse: the relation between corruption and aid transparency in Afghanistan

From one Taliban regime to another: highlighting the current challenges faced by women and girls in accessing secondary and tertiary education in Afghanistan 


10:30AM - 10.50 AM








10:50AM - 11:10 AM


Kamini Paul 



Dr. Fahimeh Robiolle 



Isar Sarajuddin

Panel 2



Exploring investment opportunities for Afghan women's and girl's education



The Political Economy of Taxation: Negotiating Taxes and Allocating Rents



11:10 - 11:30 AM







11:30 - 11:50 AM


Marika Theros



Nargis Sadiq & Walid Halimi



Nazila Jamshidi

Panel 3



Exploring mechanisms for effective collaboration with Afghan diaspora groups in the UK and EU


Developing information hubs on education forAfghan refugeesand asylumseekers



11.50AM -12:10 PM








12.10 -12.30PM


Lunch is served

12.30 -1.30PM


Dr. Arif Sahar



Rahela Sidiqi & Dr. Marissa Quie

Panel 4



Probing remotesolutions to Afghan women's education



1:30 -1:40PM






1.40 -1.50PM

MaryamFarzami NeginaYari ElahaSalik ElhamKohistani WahidaFaizi HusnaJalal

Scholar successstories

1.50 -2.15PM

Rahela Sidiqi (Rahela Trust's Founder& Director)

MarikaTheros Dr.MarissaQuie

Closing remarks



Call to action

2.15 -3.15PM

End of Conference Refreshments

Tea, Coffee &Refreshments served

3.15 -4:15PM





Monday, 17 October, 2022 - 09:30 to 16:30
Event location: 
Magdalene College