Afghanistan: Females

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with the Afghan government the importance of the recognition of women's rights during the negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We continue to emphasise to the Afghan Government that any Afghan-led political settlement involving the Taliban must protect the progress made in Afghanistan and respect Afghanistan’s constitutional framework, including protection for women and minorities.

A durable political settlement requires recognition from the Taliban that Afghanistan has changed in the last decade. The Afghan people will not accept the reversal of this progress, particularly on women’s rights. Women will have an important role to play in this process.

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