The Afghan Peace Jirga: Ensuring that Women are at the Peace Table

Authored by: Palwasha Hassan

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: Afghanistan
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2010
Citation: Hassan, Palwasha. The Afghan Peace Jirga: Ensuring that Women are at the Peace Table. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2010.

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In late May 2010, the Afghan government will convene a Peace Jirga in Kabul to determine a national reintegration and reconciliation strategy. Afghan women have played a variety of social and political roles during the last three decades of conflict, including as peacebuilders, but now risk being excluded from current peacebuilding processes. In alliance with international agreements—most notably United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325—the Afghan government must make sure that women are actively engaged in the upcoming jirga and are included in other reintegration and reconciliation policies. The inclusion of women is central to sustainable peace and security in Afghanistan.