Instead of bringing the peace these talks promised, President Trump’s sudden public condemnation and halt is leading to a surge in violence, threatening not only negotiations but the safety of the country’s women.
Violence impacts the public life of Afghanistan’s women. As conflict claims the men in their family, women shoulder the burden of finding ways to support the family financially. For the many women in Afghanistan already living within gender lines, conflict limits their movement and ability to help loved ones: They cannot access resources for their family, healthcare, and education if they fear leaving their homes.
How does this affect the women in our programme in Afghanistan?
Rising violence threatens to silence Afghan women even further
Women should have a voice in the direction of their country – but how many of them will be silenced and stay at home out of fear of already rising violence?
Just as Afghanistan’s women were overlooked during peace talks, their plight is poised to be ignored once more. The situation in Afghanistan is bigger than political insult. The future of its women, their power, and the promise of peace hangs in the balance. We must do what we can to support them.
A peace deal can still be put back on the table. And this time, let’s ensure women have seats at it.
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