“Why Afghan Women Need a Seat at the Negotiating Table”

December 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

gayle lemmon photoGayle Lemmon has penned a piece for Politico on “the need to ensure women’s voices are heard in any Taliban reconciliation talks — and why it is in the US’s best interests to do so.”
Afghan women need seat at the table
By: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
October 7, 2010 04:34 AM EDT

As Washington looks for a graceful end to its longest war — today is the ninth anniversary — talk about reconciliation between the Kabul government and the Taliban forces is growing louder in Afghanistan. The Washington Post on Wednesday presented the latest reports about these increasingly serious negotiations.

Yet many women in Afghanistan are uneasy, even fearful, about the prospect of talks in which they have had no voice. During the roughly five years that the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, women lost their rights to work and to gain an education. Though some women managed to learn at underground schools or were able to quietly support their families with home-based businesses, most lived under virtual house arrest, barred from walking alone on the streets or contributing to their families’ income during years of economic collapse.

Read more: http://politi.co/9bgjT3

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