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Shining a Light On the Future of Women In Afghanistan


Tue 7 Mar 2017, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Darling Quarter, Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney, Darling Harbour, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: laurenxq6

This International Women’s Day Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, with representatives of the Australian Afghan humanitarian and development community, will explore the lives of women in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with a high number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth. Sadly, most maternal deaths can be avoided.

In a two-hour free public event, expert panellists will pull together the threads of education, public policy and Médecins Sans Frontières medical support that can contribute to better access to healthcare for women in Afghanistan.

Moderated by Chief Political Correspondent at The Saturday Paper, and author of An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan', Karen Middleton, the panel will feature a top line up of speakers, who are experts in Afghan education, public policy and women’s health, including:

- Dr Claire Fotheringham, Médecins Sans Frontières Medical Advisor – Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Dr Nouria Salehi OAM, Director of the Australian Afghan Development Organisation
- Kara Blackburn, Médecins Sans Frontières Midwife
- Dr Nadera Hayat Burhani, Former Deputy Minister of Public Health (maternal and child health) of Afghanistan

Each will bring their individual experience to discuss how improvements in these sectors might enhance the lives of women and their newborns now and into the future.

Contact: Hayley Allen,, (02) 8570 2674, 0406 041 130

The Australian section of Médecins Sans Frontières was established in 1995, and is one of 24 international Médecins Sans Frontières associations around the world committed to delivering medical humanitarian assistance to populations in crisis. Last year Médecins Sans Frontières Australia sent 204 field workers to work in humanitarian crises around the world. Médecins Sans Frontières delivers medical care based on need alone and operates independently of government, religion or economic influence and irrespective of race, religion or gender. For more information about Médecins Sans Frontières Australia go to

The event will be at Lendlease.