HOMENews & Events > [Closed] The 201st Brown Bag Lunch Seminar "Impact of UNFPA's Socio-Demographic and Economic Surveys in Afghanistan" (November 9, 2012)

Print[Closed] The 201st Brown Bag Lunch Seminar "Impact of UNFPA's Socio-Demographic and Economic Surveys in Afghanistan" (November 9, 2012)

Speakers : Dr. Laurent Zessler (UNFPA Representative in Afghanistan)
                Ms. Selay Ghaffar (Executive Director, HAWCA)
Date        : Friday, 9 November 2012   Open 12:00  Seminar 12:30-14:00
Place       : FASID Seminar Room
Language : English             
Fee          : 500 yen
(Free of charge for corporate/individual supporting members)
The Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Afghanistan, Dr. Laurent Zessler, and Ms. Selay Ghaffar, one of Afghanistan’s most prominent women's rights activists, will be in Japan, to present the undertaking of the provincial Socio-Demographic and Economic Surveys (SDES), with the support of the Government of Japan. In the last two years, the people and the Government of Japan have contributed to Afghanistan through UNFPA in the amount of over thirteen millions US dollars, to fill the lack of reliable and current population data. This has been one of the most significant impediments to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the development programmes in Afghanistan. 
Dr. Zessler has previously served as Senior Regional Advisor for UNAIDS West and Central Africa in Senegal. He was UNAIDS Country Director in Brazil from 2006 to 2008 and also served as UNAIDS Country Director in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Pakistan. From 1991 to 1995 he was Inter-Country Advisor on AIDS/STI for WHO/PAHO in Pakistan, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela. Earlier in his career, Dr. Zessler worked as Associate for the Pasteur Institute in France and as Medical Officer for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan.
Ms. Selay Ghaffar works as Executive Director for Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA), a Kabul-based NGO, which runs women's shelters and legal aid programmes for women in rural areas. Ms. Ghaffar, is an expert on women’s role in peace building and conflict resolution and one of Afghanistan’s most prominent women's rights activists. Her commitment to eliminate violence against women includes cooperating with the Ministry of Women Affairs in drafting Afghanistan’s first Elimination of Violence Against Women law, recently signed by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In the last three years, she spoke for Afghan women’s rights in different international conferences and she was the official representative of Afghan civil society in Bonn Conference II on Afghanistan in December 2011. As a child, Ms. Ghaffar was forced to leave her home and seek refuge in the relative safety of Iran and Pakistan.
We look forward to having you to the BBL Seminar to join us in the discussion on the SDES, how it reflects on women’s rights, and the challenges in Afghanistan.
If you would like to attend the seminar, please email us at bbls@fasid.or.jp your name, affiliation, email address, phone number and questions for the speakers (if any) no later than Thursday 8th November, and bring your own lunch to the seminar.

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