Conceptualizing Gender Apartheid: The “Apartheid” Context in International Law

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, Afghan women and girls have suffered a severe rollback of rights, from denial of education to restrictions on movement to a lack of participation in the economy. The country now is in a state of Gender Apartheid, the term advocated in various credible platforms including US Congress and U.N. briefings. This panel will engage in a comprehensive discussion with experts and individuals, invested in the subject, focusing on the plight and obstacles faced by women in Afghanistan. Taking place on August 15, two years after the Taliban's assumption of power, the objective of this panel is to shed light on the indomitable spirit of Afghan women who, despite enduring shattered souls and shattered dreams, have endeavored to unite and strategize on leveraging international law and conventions to safeguard their rights in the face of the Taliban's oppression.