My latest from Afghanistan for @thelilynews @washingtonpost Fawzia Koofi and Shahgul Rezai have both been in Parliament for 14 years, now they have a new role defending Afghan womens hard earned rights in the peace talk negotiations with the Taliban. “The men who are the decision-makers think that peace is not something that women can participate in. They always view war and peace as the business of men. I decided to be part of these talks because I think we as women have to be able to take responsibility for our country. We’re talking about women’s empowerment and women’s participation. If we don’t have women in difficult places like peace negotiations, then we limit ourselves on where we can go and what we can do. I wanted to use my participation as a way to open the door for other women, a way for women’s voices and issues to be brought to the table.“ While the peace talks are reignited, it remains far from certain when or if they will bear fruitful results for ordinary Afghans. In the meantime Koofi, Rezai and their peers continue their own battle closer to home, in the hope that their struggles for political participation will yield tangible results for the next generation of reformers. Women will lead by example against all odds and constraints to set up high standards of unprecedented dedication, professionalism and service, says Koofi.
“In the new Afghanistan, women will play an even bigger role.#peacetalks #women #afghanistan #parliament #afghanwomen #reportage #kabul #womeninpolitics #documentingwomen