Afghanistan’s Most Valuable Resource for Peace? Its Women

   •    July 16, 2010

This article was originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As attention turns to the July 20 donor conference in Kabul, the international community must recognise that lithium and cobalt aren’t the most important resources to be tapped in returning peace and prosperity to Afghanistan. Women are the key. Too often dismissed as victims, Afghanistan’s women are eager to help shape a positive future for their country. They are ready.

Afghan women proved their abilities to contribute during the recent Afghan National Consultative Peace Jirga. They successfully advocated to increase their numbers at the jirga from a distressingly low 20 (of about 1,600 political, religious, tribal and other leaders) to more than 400.

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