Mardis de l’ESSEC

The Mardis de l’ESSEC conference took place on ESSEC Campus in France* and  was broadcasted live online on Tuesday March 29th, 2011. The event lasted 2 hours and started at 8:00 pm (France time) /  2:00 pm (USA – East Coast time) / 11:00 am (USA – Pacific Coast time).

If you did not have a chance to attend, the video of the conference is available on this link:


In order to discuss the social, political and ethnic configuration of Afghanistan ten years after the start of the democratic process, this conference brought together the Ten Women Members of the Afghan Parliament participating in the program, His Excellency Mr. Omar Samad (Ambassador of Afghanistan in France) and Mr. Mark Taplin (Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in France).

A first part (60 minutes) was dedicated to questions asked by the journalists of Mardis de l’ESSEC to the Afghan women Members of the Parliament around themes such as:
– the current situation in Afghanistan and in their native regions (economy, education, health, women’s issues, etc.),
– the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan in recent years (the role of the Taliban, the international community, and the neighboring countries, etc.),
– and their vision for the near future.

A second part (about 60 minutes) was dedicated to questions and answers with the audience in the conference room in France and abroad through the web.

* Location of ESSEC Campus in France: 1, avenue Bernard Hirsch 95000 Cergy.