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Women fear ignorance of their roles in peace talks

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KABUL: A number of Afghan women expressed concerned for what they say would lose their long-term achievements by peace talks held between the American delegation and the Taliban.

Habiba Sarabi, Deputy Chairman of the High Peace Council said Tuesday that only two ladies had attended at the Moscow meeting. “Only Fawzia Koofi and Hawa Alam Noorsintani were present at the Moscow meeting.”

She added that Afghan women have launched a massive campaign to raise voices that they were the victims of the peace negotiations.

Taliban peace negotiators have said they are committed to guarantee women’s rights under strict Islamic laws, rejecting claims that women managed to gain achievements in the past 18 years.

She reminded that insurgent representatives had said they wanted to protect the rights of women “in a way that neither their legitimate rights are violated nor their human dignity and Afghan values are threatened”.

During the Moscow meeting, Taliban chief negotiator, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, went on to criticize women’s rights activists for undermining Afghan traditions, prompting concern from campaigners. 

“Under the name of women’s rights, there have been works for immorality and circulation of non-Islamic cultures. Dissemination of western and non-Afghan and non-Islamic drama serials, paving the way for immoral crimes, and encouraging women for violating Afghan customs are other instances that have been imposed on Afghan society under the name of women rights.”

Khalilzad is scheduled to meet Taliban negotiators for talks in Qatar on February 25.
During the past four rounds of talks in Doha, the Qatari capital, U.S. and Taliban negotiators reached what both declared “important agreements”.

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