What Will Peace Talks Bode for Afghan Women?

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Categories: Conflict Prevention, Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, Democratization and Political Participation, Peace Accords, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Afghanistan
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2020
Citation: "What Will Peace Talks Bode for Afghan Women?" International Crisis Group. April 2020.

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Executive Summary

On 29 February, the Taliban and the U.S. signed an agreement that commits the U.S. to a fourteen-month phased withdrawal of military forces in exchange for Taliban commitments to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a safe harbour for terrorists. The agreement also obligates the Taliban to commence peace negotiations with the Afghan government and other Afghan power brokers. This breakthrough comes after a decade of on-and-off U.S. and other efforts to catalyse a peace process, throughout which many have raised serious concerns about the risk that legitimising the Taliban and returning them to some degree of political power in Afghanistan would subject Afghan women once again to forms of oppression and exclusion that they endured during Taliban rule in the 1990s.