According to Human Rights Watch, Afghan women have been denied participation in the last 20 rounds of official peace negotiations. The exclusion of women is explained by some to be the result of women’s limited representation in Afghanistan, where men hold virtually all top positions in government and security institutions. Although Afghanistan is to comply with UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Human Rights Watch argues that this is really the result of the government’s policies that show the lack of interest in advancing women’s representation across the decision-making bodies. As Afghanistan emerges from more than 15 years of conflict, many women speak up as they call for a meaningful participation in the peace process. To read the full story, please click here.