Behind Closed Doors

Oxfam's Great Idea project in Parwan Province, Afghanistan
Girls participating in Oxfam's Great Idea project in Parwan Province, Afghanistan. Photo: © Lalage Snow/Oxfam

Oxfam tracked 23 known peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2005. Oxfam's briefing paper, Behind Closed Doors, reveals that during talks between the international community and the Taliban, not one Afghan woman had been involved.

Women’s rights have been held up as one of the most tangible gains of the international intervention in Afghanistan. After 13 years of promises from the international community that women’s rights are a high priority, these gains remain fragile and are at an increasing risk of erosion, especially as expected peace talks with the Taliban gain momentum. The international community and the new Afghan government must stand by their promises and include women fully in negotiations on the future of Afghanistan.

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Publication Date: 
November 2014