Notably absent from recent headlines about the potential withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is talk of the dangerous consequences such a decision could have for women and girls in the region—and the lack of women’s representation in the ongoing “peace talks” between the Trump administration and leaders of the Taliban.
Over the course of nine years, peace talks were held in Afghanistan 23 times. Women were in the room only twice.
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The Women, Peace and Security Act mandates that federal agencies prioritize women’s participation internally and on-the-ground in conflict zones.
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Despite the ambiguity of outcomes in Afghanistan, the outcomes in America are clear: U.S. military service members are going to stay at war, and the president’s core base of support will cheer him for it.
As the U.S. reconsiders its Afghanistan strategy, there has been shockingly little mention of the key to durable peace—women.