Because She Matters: Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peacebuilding in Afghanistan

Authored by: Jorrit Kamminga, Lotje Boswinkel and Tamara Göth

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Peace Accords, Peacemaking, Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Afghanistan
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2020
Citation: Kamminga, Jorrit, Lotje Boswinkel and Tamara Göth. "Because She Matters: Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peacebuilding in Afghanistan." Oxfam. 2020.

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Executive Summary

While intra-Afghan talks have started, sustainable peace is still a distant reality in Afghanistan. Ongoing peace efforts ignore women’s meaningful participation: women are included in only one in every five meetings. Evidence shows that when women have a meaningful role in negotiations, peace is more sustainable. Afghan and international actors must stress the importance of including women in all stages of formal and informal talks at national and local levels. This research paper uses the seven modalities of the Broadening Participation framework developed by InclusivePeace to identify practical ways to include Afghan women meaningfully in peacebuilding.