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Trump’s all-male Monday Meeting. (MSNBC)

Despite signing the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act to “increase women’s participation in negotiation and mediation processes” in conflict zones around the world—by the looks of Trump’s Monday meeting with leaders from Pakistan, it seems the President has completely ignored an act he himself signed into law.

Excluding women in the talks with Pakistani leaders about the ongoing conflicts in the Central Asia region—including Afghanistan—is a failure, both morally and legally.

Read more about the Women, Peace and Security Act, which guarantees women a seat at peace and security decision-making tables.

And, as the Trump administration tries to negotiate peace with the men of the Taliban, learn more about the fight for female representation in Afghanistan via our four-part series “Afghan Women Won’t Go Back.”


Ali Marsh is an editorial intern at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles. A rising senior at American University, Ali is majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a double minor in Justice and Studio Art. She is a self-published author of a writing/film photo book based off her six months of solo backpacking across Europe. She was one of the focuses of a Vice documentary series about inspirational women, and her activism has led her to be featured in Time Magazine, i-D, New York Times, Quartz, LadyGunn, Topshop and more. She is known for her frequent live streams on Instagram where she discusses politics and current events. You can find her here Instagram