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Afghani and Pakistani Women Battle for Peace, Education, and Women’s Rights

The Taliban’s growing role in shaping Afghanistan’s future poses serious risks for Afghan women, who stand to suffer the most from the group’s resurgence. At the threat of losing the minimal human rights they have acquired since 2001, women must urgently find a way to participate in fragile peacebuilding processes. Promisingly, they can look across the border to Pakistan for lessons in peacebuilding at the grassroots level. In Pakistan, women successfully navigated a similar situation against the Taliban and other violent terrorist groups. Despite specific differences framing women’s participation, the contextual similarities between the two countries lend credence to the effectiveness of a comparable approach.
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