The University of Central Asia is holding a Public Lecture on "The Role of Women in the Economic Development of Afghanistan" in Bishkek on October 11th, delivered by Dr. Madina Junussova, Research Fellow at UCA's Institute of Public Policy and Administration.

Abstract
With the assistance of donors, the Government of Afghanistan has started to enact a wide-range of policy actions aiming to provide Afghan women with equal access to resources and opportunities for participation in the country’s economy. However, the implementation of these women-centred policies remains weak and leaves women to fight alone against daily challenges due to the lack of their equal acceptance in society. This lecture aims to shed light on some of the many issues that can only be addressed if peace is achieved.

Overall, the lecture will focus on Afghan women employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for engagement in economic development. The lecturer argues that in the context of Afghanistan, women’s economic empowerment requires better policy-making, which can in turn improve the level of policy implementation in different parts of the country. The lecture highlights the need for rethinking government economic policies with an emphasis on the essential components of women’s economic empowerment such as security and innovative opportunities for women’s participation in national and local economic development.

Biography
Dr. Madina Junussova is a Research Fellow at UCA's Institute of Public Policy and Administration and a CERGE-EI Foundation Teaching Fellow. She is a member of the International Public Policy Association and the International Society of City and Regional Planners (Isocarp). Dr. Junussova holds a PhD in Public Policy from Carleton University and degrees in architecture, urban and regional planning awarded by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Location
KICB Training Center
32 Razzakov Street
4th Floor Room
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Language­­­
The presentation will be conducted in English language. Russian translation will be provided upon request.

Registration
We would highly appreciate if you kindly confirm your participation by email elita.bakirova@ucentralasia.org. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.