Women Call for Peace amid their Absence in the Peace Talks

Almost 3200 delegates gathered in Kabul from across Afghanistan this week to discuss peace in Afghanistan; nearly 30% of the participants in the grand assembly meeting were women. Women headed 13 committees of the total 51 committees and 28 were elected as committee secretaries. Despite some opposition and pushback from some conservative men, women continued to raise their voices and concerns about the prospects of peace talks with the Taliban. Women called on the Taliban to end the suffering of the Afghan people because of their ongoing war. Some men objected to the role of women in the peace talks, calling on the women to stay at home and “should be in the kitchen cooking.” The grand consultative assembly, known as Loya Jirga in Afghanistan, was convened by President Ashraf Ghani to debate Afghanistan’s path to peace. Such gatherings have a long history in Afghanistan, often called for general consensus building. The meeting began on Monday and ended on Thursday with a 23 Article resolution. The resolution strongly calls for the end of war, an immediate ceasefire, and respecting human rights, including women’s rights. In a goodwill gesture, the President of Afghanistan announced that his government will release 175 Taliban […]

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