Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 27th November 2014.

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Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood Conservative, Oxford West and Abingdon 12:59 pm, 27th November 2014

We should be proud that millions of Afghan girls are now in school and that thousands of women are doctors, teachers and politicians, but Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. Many women in public life there pay with their lives. In the light of such violence, it is unlikely that any peace process that excludes women will be sustainable, so, while I welcome the Secretary of State’s assertion that the London conference will consider women’s issues, may I ask him to go further? Will he make it his priority to ensure that women are not only represented but able to speak for themselves at the conference and at all future peace negotiations?