“Women’s rights are nothing but human rights when women exercise them,” notes Ann Jones, but Afghanistan has never been big on women’s rights. Still, as highly-touted negotiations continue between Taliban representatives and the Karzai government, where are the women? Can real peace come when it’s negotiated without women when, Matthew Hoh notes, the population of the country between the ages of 20 and 45 is four to one women to men?
Jones is the author most recently of War Is Not Over When It’s Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War, and Hoh was the first American official to resign in protest over the conduct of the war in Afghanistan and now directs the Afghanistan Study Group. They join Laura for a discussion of what real peace in Afghanistan would have to entail.
Read Ann Jones Latest Piece for Tomdispatch: Why Peace Is the Business of Men (but Shouldn’t Be)