After August: Insights from Afghan women on the Women, Peace and Security agenda
Author: Women, Peace and Security team, UN Women Afghanistan
Women, peace and security (WPS) efforts in Afghanistan before August 2021 coalesced around the participation of women – from inclusion of women in the intra-Afghan peace process1 to increasing women’s representation in governance at all levels, and in the security sector. After August 2021, the peace process disintegrated, women’s rights were systematically erased, and national institutions and legal frameworks supporting WPS priorities were dismantled. Most women peace leaders evacuated the country in response to threats and fear of reprisal. Pathways for women’s meaningful participation, across all levels of decision-making in politics, the media, the security sector and conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms which, despite challenges, had previously been possible, are currently non-existent. In the lead-up of the Global Open Debate, UN Women Afghanistan run a serios of in-country consultations with Afghan women leaders from diverse sectors in October 2022. The information presented in this briefs captures the views and policy recommendation of Afghan women on the relevance of the WPS agenda to Afghanistan.