• Because She Matters: Ensuring women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding in Afghanistan

Because She Matters: Ensuring women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding in Afghanistan

15 September 2020

Since the fall of the Taliban government, women in Afghanistan have made valuable strides in pushing for their rights and for their voices to be heard. Despite political rhetoric on inclusivity and women’s contributions to locallevel peacebuilding, women are still excluded from meaningful participation1 in the country’s peace processes – for example, the 11 rounds of USTaliban talks in Doha in 2018-20. Where they are included, it is often only as part of informal civil society delegations, and often the same handful of women are involved. The authors reviewed a total of 67 exploratory meetings, formal and informal negotiations and internationally backed consultations between 2005 and 2020, and found that women were present on only 15 occasions (22%). The COVID-19 pandemic poses additional challenges by delaying intra-Afghan peace talks and pushing women back into their homes. Simply increasing the number of women involved in peace processes will not necessarily enhance their influence. Women must become an integral and indispensable part of each phase of negotiations, working shoulder to shoulder with other delegates. This report analyses how women in Afghanistan have been involved in peace processes in the past and provides a practical overview of opportunities to enhance their meaningful participation in the future. It applies the seven modalities for inclusive peacebuilding identified by Thania Paffenholz and InclusivePeace in the Broadening Participation research project...

 

To see the full reserach report please click on the following link: https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10546/621047/rr-because-she-matters-afghanistan-peacebuilding-150920-en.pdf