Afghan women must be listened to – Jo

Jo sat on the panel for the Amnesty International/ActionAid event ‘Peace with Justice? The UK’s Legacy in Afghanistan’ at Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham earlier this week.

Commenting, Jo said:

“It is an honour to share a platform with Sabrina Saqeb and to hear a real account of the situation for women in Afghanistan. Like her, I was 25 years old when I was elected to Parliament, yet it is clear to me which one of us has faced the toughest challenges. Ten years after the military intervention it is a crucial time for Afghan women to be listened to, as the international community enters negotiations to transfer powers back to Afghans. Yet, their voices are missing in too many decision making fora. We can make a difference for women in Afghanistan and I will press our ministers to make sure that women are properly represented in all peace and reconciliation processes.”

For more information on the work of ActionAid, see and Amnesty International

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