Focus on Women

Women Need to Be Part of Afghanistan’s Solution

June 30th, 2011 . by Cathy Standiford

With the recent focus on President Obama’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, I can’t stop thinking about what will happen to the women if they are not allowed to participate in discussions about their country’s future.  Women and girls are more dramatically impacted by war and conflict, and their voices and representation are critically important.  Research shows that when women are allowed to participate in peace negotiations, peace is more likely to occur in a sustainable way.

Women in Afghanistan want to be part of the solution.  They remember well what happened the last time there was a leadership vacuum in their country–the Taliban took control.  Read about their concerns and their desire to be part of the peace process in this article from the Daily Beast.

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