In January 2018, a BBC article declared that the Taliban had full control of 4 percent of Afghanistan’s territory and an active presence in another 66 percent of the country. Researchers at Feminist Majority Foundation, dubious of the BBC map and other similar public accounts based on territorial analysis, decided to do a study using population data.
As the Trump administration tries to negotiate peace with the men of the Taliban, Afghanistan’s women are drawing their red line.
Feminist advocates last week met with leading lawmakers on Capitol Hill to amplify calls for an equitable peace process in Afghanistan being made by women on the ground.
Afghan women have spoken out to demand their inclusion in the peace process unfolding between the Trump administration and the Taliban—and so have women across the globe who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Actor, activist and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has now joined that chorus of voices.
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.
Afghan women have created a network of volunteering feminists from all layers of society, and a silent awakening in the history of Afghan feminism is ongoing
Even under Taliban rule, an Afghan girl could become the hero of her own story.
The Women, Peace and Security Act mandates that federal agencies prioritize women’s participation internally and on-the-ground in conflict zones.
Miguel Howe and Farhat Popal reported about the gendered violence of war and why centering Afghani women in post-war efforts is vital for creating sustained peace and equality.