Opinion: As Afghan women, we finally have a seat at peace talks. Don't abandon us
April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Habiba Sarabi, Fawzia Koofi and Sharifa Zurmati write that peace in Afghanistan must not come at the cost of our humanity. And it must not come at the cost of the rights of Afghan women, who have gained so much in recent years.
(CNN)After two decades of war, this can be a historic year of peace in Afghanistan.
Since the United States went to war with the Taliban, we have been able to make unprecedented progress toward democracy and human rights, all while improving the quality of life for Afghan women.
And today, we, together with our male colleagues, represent Afghanistan's society in peace talks with the Taliban, the same group that once prevented women from going to school or getting jobs outside the home.
Because women represent almost half of Afghanistan's population, we have a duty to press the issues that affect all Afghans -- from national security to economic growth to style of governance.
At this historic moment, we call on the countries with the most vested interests in Afghanistan's future -- Pakistan, Iran, China, Russia, the European Union and, yes, the United States -- to push both the Islamic Republic and the Taliban to reserve at least 30% of elected seats and appointments for women in our government.