Afghan Women See an Opportunity at Bonn

   •    December 2, 2011

This article was originally published by Huffington Post.

On December 5, the international community will gather with Afghan leaders in Bonn, Germany’s picturesque Cold War-era capital, for the latest stock-taking of Afghanistan. While some are tempering expectations for the second major conference in Bonn in ten years, Afghan women leaders see an opportunity — and they’re doing everything they can to seize it.

Despite not receiving invitations to the conference itself, 10 members of the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), a non-partisan network of women and women’s NGOs working to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society, will go to Germany in an audacious attempt to influence foreign ministers and the media from the sidelines of the conference. While they’d rather be active participants or observers to the actual event, they’ve been here before.

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