Prominent Afghan Women Seek Role in Peace Talks

   •    June 16, 2011

This article was originally published by The Washington Times.

Eleven prominent Afghan women this week called on the United States to push for the inclusion of more female leaders in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, as administration officials prepare to announce the beginning of troop withdrawals from the war-torn South Asian nation.

They met with U.S. administrators and policymakers to offer their suggestions for a permanent peace in Afghanistan, calling for a larger representation of women at an upcoming conference in Germany and for a broader, more open peace process at home.

The women came to Washington on a trip sponsored by the Institute for Inclusive Security, which trains citizens of nations in conflict to engage in peace negotiations.

“Afghan women want to have a voice and they’re highly capable,” said Jacqueline O’Neill, the institute’s director.

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