How can the inclusion of Afghan women's voices in the Afghanistan peace talks further champion gender equality in the country? Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert provides substantial thoughts about it and what the international community can do as a response.

This post originally appeared on Devex.

On August 14, while traveling back to Kabul from a meeting in Afghanistan’s northern Parwan province, Fawzia Koofi was the target of an assassination attempt. Though she was not seriously wounded and though the Taliban denied responsibility, the attack demonstrated what is at stake for Afghanistan’s women as peace negotiations get underway in Doha, Qatar.

Koofi is one of four women currently taking part in those negotiations with the Taliban, and any effort to silence her could reasonably be viewed as an effort to silence women altogether. The attack simply underscores the greatest fear many women in Afghanistan express when they discuss the equally exciting and terrifying peace process.

They are excited because peace means the end to four decades of conflict and violence. They are terrified because the cost of peace with the Taliban may be the swift erosion of many of the gains women have made in Afghan society in the last two decades … Read the full blog post on Devex.

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