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Monday, March 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
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Sustainable peace in Afghanistan will only be possible if it is achieved through an inclusive, locally owned, participatory, and bottom-up approach that addresses the root causes of conflict. For Afghan women’s rights and youth activists, peace must constitute more than just an immediate ceasefire. It must also ensure increased access to education, improved health care systems, vibrant civil society, religious freedom for minorities, and gender equality. The intra-Afghan peace talks must preserve and strengthen achievements in women’s rights and gender equality. As the international community reflects on 20 years of implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, the critical contributions of women peacebuilders to peace processes in Colombia, the Philippines, Liberia, and Northern Ireland come to mind. The direct impact local women and youth’s participation will have on ensuring the sustainability of peace in Afghanistan makes their inclusion an urgent priority.
On the sidelines of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Afghan Youth Ambassadors for Peace Organization, Afghan Women’s Education Center, and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN are hosting an interactive, intergenerational dialogue between Afghan women and youth peacebuilders and global policymakers on the urgent actions necessary for inclusive and sustainable peace in Afghanistan.