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Afghanistan: Oxfam report worries that peace talks will ‘jeopardize fragile gains made for women’s rights’

Gains for women’s rights in Afghanistan, you say? Over the past two decades? Do tell! Are Afghan women no longer forced to wear burqas? Are they attending schools without fear of jihad attacks designed to discourage women from getting an education? Are they able to institute police proceedings against men who beat them?

There have been no significant gains for women’s rights over the last two decades. This is just propaganda designed to perpetuate the presence of American troops in Afghanistan, which the socialist internationalist elites have evidently decided must remain, although the reason for that is unclear. Perhaps it’s just to sap America’s strength so that it cannot meet other challenges that are soon to come.

“Afghans Fear Losing Gains in Women’s Rights in Peace: Report,” by Massoud Ansar, TOLONews, January 15, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

Afghanistan finds itself in a state between hope and fear–hope that the peace negotiations will finally put an end to the conflict, and fear that these negotiations will jeopardize the fragile gains made for women’s rights and gender equality over the past two decades, says a report by OXFAM International.

The report titled Women, Peace and Security that explores challenges, lessons learned and opportunities in Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Yemen, says violence continued to severely impact women in the first half of 2020, with 397 casualties.

In Afghanistan, while intra-Afghan peace talks started in September 2020, there are concerns that they will jeopardize fragile gains made for women’s rights over the past two decades.

Systematic challenges and weak cooperation persist, and civil servants have limited awareness and knowledge on the implementation of policies and practices on gender equality, the report says.

The report that is based on 19 interviews with women’s rights and civil society organizations in the country says Afghanistan has a very poor track record on including women in peace talks: they were present at only 15 out of 67 formal and informal talks tracked between 2005 and 2020.

This means women were excluded from nearly 80% of meetings, the report says.

“We have many hopes for peace, but so far, what we have heard about peace has been a propaganda rather than something practical,” said Muzlifa Kakar, a news presenter….

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