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10/13/2020

Interview by Frank van Lierde, corporate journalist at Cordaid

INTRA-AFGHAN PEACE TALKS: “FORGIVING THE TALIBAN IS OUR SACRIFICE FOR PEACE”

So far, the historic peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban in Doha are essentially a men’s affair. Yet women’s rights and women’s achievements of the past 2 decades, are at stake. “The real work is not in Doha. Doha is the gate to end a brutal war. But peace is not the absence of war,” says prominent activist Zarqa Yaftali. Ms. Yaftali is one of the trailblazing women’s rights defenders Cordaid works with to enhance an inclusive peace process. She won the 2019 UNDP N-Peace Award. In August this year, President Ashraf Ghani appointed her to Afghanistan’s newly established High Council for National Reconciliation to facilitate intra-Afghan peace talks. She is one of only eight women and very few civil society activists in that council.

4/20/2020

By Stephenie Foster

What’s important to know about women, gender norms, and terrorism

Effective counterterrorism depends on understanding the unique relationships among women, gender norms, and violent extremism. Those who develop counterterrorism plans and strategies must have an informed view of women’s varied roles in the “terrorism landscape” and the gender dynamics of recruitment, or their work will be less effective. That women and girls are targets of extremist violence and terrorism, including the use of sexual violence and slavery to terrorize, suppress, and demoralize entire communities, has become well known by the international community. Common examples include the Islamic State’s terror campaign against Yazidis, particularly women, as well as Boko Haram’s kidnapping of girls in northern Nigeria.

3/6/2020

By Swarna Rajagopalan

Women, global norms and local rights

The annual meeting of governmental representatives that is dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment - Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) - as scheduled to start on March 9, 2020, in a landmark session that has now been truncated because of the coronavirus. Civil society members usually observe the official meetings and also have their own parallel programmes, as has become the norm with UN gatherings in recent decades. This year’s CSW meeting occurs in a year of many landmarks: just over 40 years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); 25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted; 20 years after the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1325; and five years since the Sustainable Development Goals were formulated.

2/4/2020

By Massouda Kohistani

Fears of Men from Strong Women in Society

The country with more than 99 % Muslim,  that the majority of the population are Muslim,  but in most societal norms such as social behavior, business activities, political issues, and many other things, people act upon and following masculinities form. People have never separated themselves from the traditions chain both aware and unaware.  Even most of those people who live outside this border are not far from that tradition. Particularly patriarchy procedure influence has more authority and power that women are obeying from it too.

2/17/2020

By Zarqa Yaftali

Fear and Hope of women on peace process

For more than four decades of violence in Afghanistan, women’s social and political presence and activities are affected at most. Therefore, with critical political changes in the country, what concerns majority of women is less hope for future and more fear from worsening of the situation furthermore? Now that peace agreement is getting close between United States and Taliban group, the Afghan women are stack between happiness for the end of war and concern for losing limitation of their activities, and losing the current freedom they have achieved so far.

1/12/2020

By Swarna Rajagopalan

Sitting down to unaffected dialogue

Current events have polarised social circles and even families like never before. Spaces for small talk and everyday updates, from dining tables to WhatsApp groups, feel like a minefield as we struggle to speak our minds but also preserve relationships. To move forward, dialogue is essential among political groups and us. If anything, the dialogue in our homes, canteens and colleges matters more because it shapes the bedrock of values that will inform how we vote and act in the future.

12/30/2019

By Swarna Rajagopalan

The duty to protect each other

A thread of questions and debates on citizenship and justice connects Myanmar, India and The Gambia. The primary purpose of the United Nations is the maintenance of peace and security through collective action as necessary for “the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace...” Between 7 April and 15 July 1994, a genocidal war took place in Rwanda. The global community ignored evidence of planning and early warning indicators. In the aftermath of the slaughter, policymakers and scholars agonised over their failure to prevent the genocide from taking place.

12/29/2019

By Massouda Kohistani

Tents and Sensitive of Society

The tent is the algebra and obligation of patriarchal culture which have been imposed on women. It is violence against women and terror that have set the boundaries and determine only for women.  With honor and respect to those women who have trust, honest and dignified as being women to their women identity.  There are some women who have been wear and cover their bodies with tent/evil because of their family dignity that they are the victims and suffering a lot of problem and tribulation. For example, because someone should not face them along the way from their house to the workplace to keep their children honor they wear a tent, that they work and responsibility of hard work. 

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