Disconnects between policy and reality: A conversation with Orzala Ashraf Nemat about Afghanistan

"A word or a sentence in a particular policy is about the lives of people"

In October 2013, I was delighted to get a chance to sit down with Orzala Ashraf Nemat, a women's rights activist, civil society activist, and academic from Afghanistan. She talks about the frustration of our recognition that there is a disconnect between policy and reality when it comes to conflict affected countries, and about potential solutions to this challenge.

As she says, policy makers are playing with these words, but these words are "determining the lives of people," whether this is Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, or anywhere else.

"Women, peace and security: Views from the front (policy) lines"

podcast links to external site

A conversation with Orzala Ashraf Nemat about Afghanistan

For more on Orzala, who spoke in the UN Security Council on the 2011 anniversary of SCR 1325, please see these links:

Profile in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/orzala-ashraf-nemat

Her Yale World Fellows profile: http://worldfellows.yale.edu/orzala-ashraf-nemat

As always, the intro and exit music is by the amazing Jorge Sosa!

Photo credit: UNAMA Mandate renewal, 2010 - UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

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