The initiation of peace negotiation with the Taliban has created both hope for lasting peace and fear of imposing restrictions on women’s rights. Women and civil society activists say that the government negotiating team should not accept such restrictions.
In an interview with the CSHRN, Mr. Danishyar said that women’s rights should be one of the main subjects to be properly discussed in the peace talks. He added that women’s rights to education, active participation in political, civil, and social sphere should not face any limitations. Efforts should be made to appreciate and support their achievements.
CSHRN: How much do you think that the presence of women in peace talks affects the position of the Taliban?
Danishyar: In my opinion, the Taliban are not satisfied with the presence of women in the negotiating team or even with the participation of female journalists during the peace talks. Also, the presence of women in the government after the peace agreement is not acceptable for them, but due to the pressure of the international community, they are almost forced to accept their presence.
CSHRN: How will the presence of the Taliban in power affect the activities of civil society?
Danishyar: I believe that the Taliban cannot withhold citizen’s civil liberties and freedom of thought and expression. Conflicts may arise sporadically, which I think can be resolved in accordance with the wisdom of civil rights activists, and their activities will continue.
CSHRN: How can peace talks be used as an opportunity for Afghan women?
Danishyar: Women face many challenges, including security concerns. For this reason, women cannot carry out their civic and educational activities in a safe environment. With the establishment of peace, these challenges can turn into opportunities. Additionally, with the realization of peace, girls and women who are currently deprived of education because of conflicts can enjoy their right to education.
Referring to concerns about the Taliban’s failure to live up to their commitments if a peace agreement is signed, Mr.Danishyar said the United Nation and the international community should be responsible for enforcing the agreement.