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Angelina Jolie warns against ignoring Afghan women in peace talks

Angelina Jolie warns against ignoring Afghan women in peace talks

Mar 31, 2019 - 09:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Renowned Hollywood star and refugee activist Angelina Jolie has pushed for the inclusion of womeninfo-icon in peace talks to end the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a media report said on Sunday.

address to ministers and diplomats at the United Nations on Friday, she said: “In Afghanistan thousands of women have recently come together in public risking their lives to ask that their rights and the rights of their children be guaranteed in peace negotiations that so far they have been allow no part of,” Jolie told a ministerial meeting on UN peacekeeping.

“The international community’s silent response is alarming to say the least,” said Jolie, a special envoy for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, which she began working with 18 years ago.

“There can be no peace or stability in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the worldinfo-icon that involves trading away the rights of women,” she believed.

Peace talks between US and Talibaninfo-icon officials began late last year. However, some women fear the freedoms eked out since US-backed Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001 could slide backwards, and complain their voices are being sidelined.



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