Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights

Funded by: The Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid), Rockefeller Brothers Fund Country: Afghanistan Date Range: 2012 Project Lead: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

This report, published by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, analyzes the security situation in Afghanistan and its impact on women. Based on more than 50 interviews conducted in Afghanistan, the report highlights the concerns of Afghan women and assesses international efforts to empower women in Afghanistan since 2001. While the majority of the women interviewed supported a negotiated end to the war, they also expressed concern that their interests may be sacrificed in a peace deal, according to the authors. The report concludes with recommendations for U.S. and NATO governments on ways to protect women’s gains while pursuing political solutions to the conflict. The study was funded in part by The Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and private philanthropy.

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