The rights of Afghan women to education and an equal voice at the bargaining table are essential to a durable peace in Afghanistan.
In a country ravaged by forty years of war, almost everything needs attention. Clean reliable water sources, health care delivery and a means to escape from the grinding poverty that Afghans are experiencing can only become a reality when the men of Afghanistan recognise the importance for the whole family, of encouraging women and girls to become literate and gain the tools to participate in society on an equal basis with the men.
When the Bonn negotiations open, to chart the way forward, many Afghan women fear that slender gains may be lost in exchange for concessions to the Taliban. Women need to be at the bargaining table. They need education and they need access to healthcare as the country enters the next phase.
Read the letter sent by CFUW to Prime Minister Steven Harper regarding the role of Afghan women at the Bonn 2 negotiations.