Afghan Women Warn Against Possible Deal With Taliban
Groups representing Afghan women warned the international community Wednesday against pursuing a peace deal with the Taliban, fearing a return to the austere Islamist rule that saw women banned from education and work.
Women from a United Nations agency, the Institute for Inclusive Security and other rights’ groups told reporters in London that the progress made since 2001 should not be jeopardized by courting conservative elements.
Some 60 countries are to attend a conference on Afghanistan in London Thursday which has been preceded by a groundswell of support for an eventual political settlement with the Taliban movement which ruled from Kabul from 1996 till U.S.-led forces toppled the hardline Islamists after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The Afghan women’s groups urged the nations attending the conference to adhere to commitments to women’s rights in 2001.
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