US Inspector Stresses Importance of US Support to Women in Afghanistan

The United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko on Wednesday stressed the importance of the US support to women in Afghanistan.

Explaining his new report, Support for Gender Equality: Lessons from the US Experience in Afghanistan, Sopko said the “US investment on Afghan women is an investment in Afghanistan’s future.”

“I do not believe gender equality is a zero-sum game. The US can continue to play a role in shaping an outcome that preserves gains made by Afghan women and girls by advocating that Afghan women have a meaningful role in the Afghanistan peace negotiations and that any future agreement includes protections for them,” Sopko said.

He said “this key question is vitally important in the context of peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the answer may determine whether the successes and investment in improving the lives of Afghan women and girls will be remembered as a lasting legacy or historical footnote.”

“We cannot be naive about the challenges that women and girls in Afghanistan continue to face. Make no mistake – though they have greater access to health care and education and work as legislators, judges, teachers, health workers, civil servants, journalists, and business and civil society leaders – Afghanistan still remains one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman,” Sopko added.

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