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Portraits of resilience
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Salaam Afghanistan

Join our series Salaam Afghanistan on November 15, 22 and 29 on the resilience of Afghan people, the rich culture of Afghanistan and political historical context of decades of war and conflict.

This event is free for Afghan newcomers. Would you like to join us? Please send us an email at [email protected] and we will have your ticket ready.

Last year Afghanistan became world news once again, when US troops left the country and for the second time in history Taliban took over power in Afghanistan. Since then, the attention of the international community slowly faded away. But the people of Afghanistan continued their day to day struggle against oppression, poverty and violence… How are the Afghan people continuing in these extreme circumstances after decades of war and conflict? They show resilience.

But this comes at a price. And the least we can do, is continue to amplify their voice.

In a series of three sessions of Salaam Afghanistan we show you portraits of resilience. We talk to experts, war journalists, artists and various speakers from the Afghan diaspora to reflect on the many questions we still have. Each session we have one-on-one conversations with our speakers followed by a panel discussion. We are also joined by Afghan artists taking care of intermezzos and sharing their thoughts on Afghan art and culture. Portraits of war journalist who have seen the consequences of war. Portraits of artists who reflect through their art. Portraits of experts who analyse from an academic perspective. And portraits of the Afghan diaspora who reflect on their lived experience and share their professional views.  The evening will be concluded with a Q&A.

Stay for drinks, conversations and more

After the official end of the program you are invited to join us for drinks, Afghan snacks and opportunities to engage with both speakers and guests to continue our conversations on Afghanistan. You can also have a look at the Roelants bookstand if you would like to read more on the history and political context of Afghanistan. Or take a look at the stands of Amnesty International, Red Cross & UNICEF to get information on current aiding projects in Afghanistan, but also other countries that need and deserve our attention.

This event is organized through collaboration with the department of Political Science (Radboud University Nijmegen) & GLOCAL research hotspot (RU).

SESSION 3 – Gender-based Violence in Times of War

War & conflict situations have specific consequences for specific groups of people. Currently women’s rights are snatched away by the Taliban as well as girls’ right to education. While men and boys are suffering under oppression and war situations in a different way. While the LGBT* community is often an overlooked community. In this session we discuss various gender perspectives during times of war in international context.


Claudia Redout is a former military advisor in Afghanistan who worked with gender mainstreaming policies. Currently she works as a Diversity & Inclusivity advisor at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Jutta Joachim is senior lecturer of international relations. She is author of Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights (Georgetown University Press, 2007) and Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU: A Comparative Study (Routledge Press, 2009).

Parweez Koehestanie was awarded Alumnus of the Year (Radboud 2022) and is co-founder of 2 foundations: Medical Committee Afghanistan Netherlands (MCAN), which works on rebuilding medical education in Afghanistan; and Paymaan, which focuses on the education of orphans and street children in Afghanistan. Koehestanie fled Kabul alone at the age of 17. As a physician he currently works at the Bravis hospital.


Lema Salah is a historian and diversity & inclusivity expert. Currently she works as a Ph.D. candidate at Radboud University (Political Science). She completed two research projects on UN gender policies in Afghanistan (WPS agenda). Lema was born in Afghanistan and fled the country in the 90s as a child. Her work is focused on military studies, international relations, conflict studies, gender mainstreaming, inclusive leadership, and organizational culture.

Music by Sohrab Aziz en Abed Saidi

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