“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

Wazhma Frogh, Founder and Director of the Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, describes how Afghan women reported warning signs of violent extremism in their rural communities–and what happened when the government ignored them. This video is from “Collaborative Approaches to Global Security,” a multimedia event presented by Inclusive Security in association with the […]

Why Women Are the Solution to Afghanistan’s Insecurity

Why Women Are the Solution to Afghanistan’s Insecurity

Women in Afghanistan—as in communities around the world—recognize the warning signs of violent conflict. Ask an Afghan woman about ISIS’ presence in the country or about the Taliban’s growing strength and she’ll cite indicators of their pervasive influence: women banned from attending school in southern provinces, the Taliban kidnappings in Parwan province to the north, […]

In Conflict Environments, Little Wins Make a Difference

Posted by on August 31, 2015
In Conflict Environments, Little Wins Make a Difference

This article was originally published by devex. From late 2001 to 2007, I was a frontline civilian — one of thousands of people serving in areas of instability, crisis and conflict in a non-military role. I served as the U.S. Department of State program manager for the Afghanistan National Police Program. It’s hard, quite frankly, […]

How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. For the past five years, the Afghan government has sought a peace deal with the Taliban without much to show for the effort. But in the 10 months since President Ashraf Ghani has taken office, the long-stagnant peace process has shown new sparks of life. Negotiators have […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Building A Better Peace Process In Afghanistan

Posted by on June 22, 2015
INFOGRAPHIC: Building A Better Peace Process In Afghanistan

Since President Hamid Karzai introduced it in June 2010, the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) has lighted the path toward reconciliation in the country. Unfortunately, the plan­—which expires at the end of 2015—has yielded few successes so far, leading the new government to reassess the APRP’s structure. An effective peace process is more critical […]

Ambassador Swanee Hunt Honored for Her Contributions to Afghan Women

Posted by on June 8, 2015
Ambassador Swanee Hunt Honored for Her Contributions to Afghan Women

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder and Chair of The Institute for Inclusive Security, was honored last week for her “trailblazing” contributions to Afghan women. Women for Afghan Women presented her with a Legacy Award at their 14th annual gala in New York City. “Swanee was with Afghan women long before many others in the international community, and […]

Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism

Posted by Global Center on Cooperative Security and The Institute for Inclusive Security on May 29, 2015

Violence and extremism in South Asia, including potential threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), remain a concern for many regional and international observers. Three South Asian countries—Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India—are among those with the highest reported incidents of terrorism. Reports of foreign fighters from South Asia have prompted concerns […]

Recommendations for Afghanistan’s Peace and Reintegration Process

Posted by Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security on April 24, 2015

Supported by our local partner, the Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, 89 female members of Afghanistan’s Provincial Peace Councils representing 34 provinces developed these recommendations for the Afghan government. They call for increasing women’s formal representation in all aspects of the peace process, instituting a national dialogue on peace and reconciliation, and facilitating […]

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

Posted by on March 5, 2015
Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

On Sunday, March 1, The New York Times published “Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture.” Women Waging Peace Network member Wazhma Frogh, who does public outreach, education, and youth engagement in support of female police in Afghanistan, wrote the following response: Greetings from snowy and chilly Afghanistan. Avalanches covered nearly 20 provinces in the past few weeks, taking many precious […]

The Miracle of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Afghanistan recently launched a new national action plan (NAP) to engage both women and men in sustaining a peaceful transition. The NAP demonstrates Afghanistan’s commitment to elevating women as full partners in creating a stable future for the country.

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