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September 24, 2019
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building
Kansas State University
Public Lecture: Roles of Women and Religion in the Afghan Peace Process'
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Palwasha Kakar joined the institute after four years with The Asia Foundation as the Afghanistan director for Women’s Empowerment and Development. Prior to the foundation, Kakar led the Gender Mainstreaming and Civil Society Unit in the UN Development Program's Afghanistan Subnational Governance Program managing a small grants program for Afghanistan's civil society initiatives. She also served as program manager for the Gender Studies Institute at Kabul University. She has experience working with the World Bank Group on gender, social justice and environmental issues.
An Afghan-American, Kakar has taught and researched religion, gender, security and local governance. She has published research regarding women's participation in local governance, Pashtunwali-Afghan customary law, Afghan women's identity, and social spaces in Afghanistan. Her research has taken her to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.
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