The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan
by John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown
As the United States reduces its military presence in Afghanistan while the Taliban remain strong on the battlefield, and while peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban have commenced, a massive question mark hangs over the fate of Afghan women and their rights. The deal that the United States signed with the Taliban in Doha on February 29, 2020, leaves the future of Afghan women completely up to the outcomes of the intra-Taliban negotiations and battlefield developments.
Events have overtaken any and all studies of the situation but the issue remains: men are reverting to the domination of women. How can we live in a world where this not only happens but is officially sanctioned? How can we respond as this idealogy advances? Can we have a personal response which means anything