NEW YORK, October 3, 2013 - Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Severine Caluwaerts and Gülden Türköz-Cosslett assess prospects for the empowerment of women in Afghanistan with moderator Elizabeth Rubin. (1 hr., 25 min.)
Shabana Basij-Rasikh Shabana Basij-Rasikh is co-founder and President of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a nonprofit dedicated to furthering educational opportunities for the new generation of Afghan women. She is also founder of HELA, a nonprofit that empowers Afghan women through education. While at Middlebury College in Vermont, she was named one of Glamour magazine's Top 10 College women of 2010.
Severine Caluwaerts is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and referent gynecologist for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, and has worked extensively on maternal health in Afghanistan. She brings expertise on medical humanitarian work on women's health issues in Afghanistan.
Elizabeth Rubin is an international journalist and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and has reported extensively on Afghanistan. She is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford Universities.
Gülden Türköz-Cosslett is Director of Programmes at UN Women and is responsible for UN Women programmes in over 80 countries around the world, including in 25 countries in Asia. Prior to this role, she advised the previous Executive Director and Under Secretary General of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, as the head of the team that helped create UN Women in 2011. Prior to UN Women, Ms. Türköz-Cosslett served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Albania from 2005 to 2010. In these roles, she was responsible for coordinating a unified UN approach and framework in the country across all UN agencies and divisions.