The talk will examine to what degree that US, Coalition partners and donors have betrayed Afghan women by opening talks with the Taliban, which continues to enjoy close ties with Al Qaeda and extremist funders in Saudi Arabia. It will examine the overturning of laws designed to protect women, the several high-profile killings of women's rights activists and the complete lack of female representation in the various donor and peace conferences. The talk will also explore more generally the relationship between gender inequality and state and non-state armed violence and what needs to be done to 'securitize' the issue of gender inequality which remains THE most robust predictor of state and non-state armed conflict.
Patricia Leidl is an International Communications Advisor who specializes in crisis communications, conflict and gender. A former crime reporter (and illustrator) with various Canadian newspapers, Leidl was also Editorial Director of the University of British Columbia-based Human Security Report (2002-2005) and from 2005 to 2008, Managing Editor of the New York-based United Nations Population Fund State of World Population Report and Senior Media Advisor for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). From 2008 to 2009, she was Chief of Advocacy and Communications for the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. Africa, For more than 25 year, she has written about gender, war, HIV, maternal mortality and infectious diseases and her work continues to taker her all over the world. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, World Politics Review and the British Medical Journal. She holds a diploma in journalism, graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and holds a Masters of Graduate Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University. Current clients include various United Nations agencies, USAID and a host of other international NGOs including the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, The Safe Water Network, Doctors of the World, The Small Arms Survey and The Global Health Council. Her latest book, The Hillary Doctrine: American Foreign Policy and why sex matters is co-authored with leading conflict researcher Valerie M. Hudson and will be published by New York-based Columbia University Press this spring. She currently resides in Vancouver.