It was a pleasure learning and listening with everyone today. We will have more photos, videos, etc. as we begin to process the amazing experience that was today’s conference. As most of you probably know, the event was live-tweeted @WLAHarvard. To read the live-tweets chronologically, start at the very bottom, and scroll up.
And everyone: stay safe in #nemo!
Koofi: #Elections aren’t about how good you are..it’s about support. If we fail in 2014 election, then we fail.
Koofi: People are fed up with the leaders leading with violence and guns; I have all the social networks behind me.
Koofi: Afghanistan is not a poor country, and it’s an important country geographically
Koofi: second is drug trafficking, third is lack of good government and rule of law; these two elements must be reformed internally
Koofi: three challenges that afghanistan faces; first: insecurity
Koofi: with social media, the world will not be uninformed about what is going on in Afghanistan anymore
Koofi: The second priority is #democracy
Koofi: “#Women have come a long way.”
Koofi: “Women’s issue, women’s rights, should be the priority.”
Koofi: “It’s important for all of us to understand that the war in Afghanistan is not just an Afghan war.”
“#Peace is a value. Nobody can oppose it.”
Koofi: every sector was invested in, without priority. together with corruption, this reduced the hope and enthusiasm that people had felt
Koofi: “We wanted to do everything, and huge expectations were raised without managing the expectation.”
Koofi: you could see “hope and enthusiasm in the eyes” of the Afghan people
Koofi: describes a “back to school” campaign for girls after the Taliban fell
Koofi: Article 22 of the Afghan constitution bans discrimination, which is really important for women
Koofi: “We have paid a high price for the words of ‘freedom’ and ‘sovereignty.’”
Koofi: could finally live without the fear of being beaten for not swearing socks, a burka, and other required clothing for women
Koofi: only after 9/11 did the Taliban regime fall apart
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Koofi: what she faced as a woman gave her the “determination and the passion” to enter politics
Koofi: recalls her husband being put in jail for no reason other than marrying her, since she was from a political family
@Schriock1 Thank you SO much for coming and being such a fantastic keynote — hope you can get back safely and quickly.
A reason to be hopeful moving forward? Fried: 2008 #Obama campaign revolutionized #voterprotection - now you can’t ignore that it’s an issue
Very little effort to educate voters in these states on new #voterID laws. Early voting cuts. pic.twitter.com/sa11yBzK
Gill: limitations on absentee voting, limited opportunities to register to vote. PA laws disproportionately impact minorities, elderly.
Can you tell us something you grappled with leading up to the election?
Our final panel of the day is beginning: Voter Disenfranchisement: Whose Voices are Represented? #19percent
Schriock: Pathways: business women do very well and law women are more inclined to run, but it’s imperative to find women in ALL areas!
Schriock on building diverse coalition: look to political and non-political organizations to recruit candidates. #19Percent
Q: Why only Democratic women? A: We’re pro-choice; policies matter. We’re most successful in this lane. But need more of ALL women in power!
Schriock: As you make your way up, reach behind you and grab your sister to make sure she comes, too. We must strive move forward together.
Schriock: Nobody gave women the chance to make a difference. They banded together and went out and found it. It takes courage! Don’t wait!
Wu: from day 1, wondering if the Warren campaign could come over the shadow of the Coakley campaign. @elizabethforma
Wu: comes from an immigrant family, and felt she was part of two worlds growing up
@brandihoffine Excited to have you!
Thanks for joining us for our first panel, huge thank you to @mlkrook,@FawziaKoofi77, Cathy Allen, and Mindy Roseman. #19percent
@thetiniestbird We’re rooting for you to get here!
Allen: “20% is tipping point” – at that point, they start doing things – meaningful #guncontrol, other policy, across party lines
Women now willing to be agents of change. “But for us, we have to struggle from scratch” #wlaconference
Women missed out on political connections bc they had to stay home; no political support; not taken seriously because they have no weapons
Koofi: to pave way for women, need to have quota. In #Afghanistan, not quota for just political participation, but also gov offices
How do we make sure participation is meaningful? Tokenism? Critical mass? Tipping point? Speak to #s.
Allen: next battle is equal access to capital #19percent
Cathy Allen, President of The Connections Group: In #Afghanistan, asking for quota for # of women in colleges #education #genderequity
Koofi: “Political participation is one of the means to pave the way for women” and reduce gender violence
Fawzia Koofi, Afghan Parliamentarian & Presidential Candidate: new constitution gave women a “new political life”
What countries are leading the way? What level of female participation are we seeing? #19percent
Getting started with our first panel, Mindy Roseman moderating #19percent
A huge thank you to #Kirkland&Ellis for making this possible.