Afghanistan was, and remains, a poster child of the landmark United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. It has demonstrated that women’s voice, participation and leadership in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building is indispensable to achieve sustainable peace, development and just societies. Conversely, because women’s rights have been systematically violated and women have been excluded from governance, peace and nation-building, conflict has become endemic.

The role and rights of Afghan women have expectedly come center-stage with the sudden Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Taliban 1.0 was notorious for its violent suppression of women’s rights, religious extremism, and terrorism. In 20 years of American/North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) presence, the UN-supported successive Afghan government efforts to institute gender equality and women’s empowerment-based…

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