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house Bill H.R. 4097

Should the State Dept. Ensure Afghan Women are Included in the Peace Process and Their Rights are Protected?

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The inclusion of women in peace negotiations leads to more successful and durable agreements. In Afghanistan, women have made meaningful contributions to the peace process, but haven’t been included in most formal negotiations. The State Dept. should keep an eye on this issue and report to Congress on it and the status of womens’ and girls’ rights in Afghanistan after a peace deal is reached.

Pat's Opinion
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10/04/2019
We invade middle eastern countries, take out their leader and terrorist groups rush in to fill the void. We’ve caused a lot of grief in those countries to include dehumanizing of women. We should always keep mainly human rights in focus when we exit these countries. Women’s rights are human rights- believe it or not.
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jimK's Opinion
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10/04/2019
Yes, if our country believes in human rights, that all people are created equal, that all people have basic human rights- then, of course this should be something we endorse in helping settle world issues. As a practical matter, assuring women’s rights would lesson the likelihood of a Taliban dominated extremist government- which would just be a band-aid to peace and not a long-term commitment. We should be careful to separate the ‘how’ from the ‘what’. We should demand that women have equal rights as part of a peace-engaging government. That’s the ‘what’. The ‘how’ needs to be reflective of their culture and world view. It has to come from them and should be accepted, so long as it meets the required ‘what’ that is needed.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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10/04/2019
Yes, moderate Afghanis are beginning to acknowledge the rights of women . We can encourage that trend by including women in the negotiations.
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Argument opposed

Although Afghan women haven’t been included in most peace negotiations, they’ve found other ways to participate in the peace process, so they’re not fully shut out. Additionally, the U.S. negotiating team has been aggressively pushing for greater women’s inclusion in the peace process — which is more likely than this legislation to yield tangible results.

operaman's Opinion
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10/04/2019
And just How will this be negotiated under Muslim law? Normally, Afgan women are treated like goats or cattle. How do you sweep dirt floors without creating dust? How do you change 1,500 years of history? And if Afgan women become part of the deal, how will this deal be enforced?
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Mark's Opinion
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10/04/2019
It’s all rainbows and unicorns people. Rainbows and unicorns. The empowerment of women and sharia law don’t mix. Anyone who would be naïve enough to think the United States of America can change the 7th-century mindset of people under sharia law are fools. We now live in the 21st-century. If they haven’t changed by now do you really think the US State Department is going to fix it?
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Stickyfingers's Opinion
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10/04/2019
It sounds good but it is a Muslim country and they hold the high hand. I say withdrawal because we are losing billions on a war where most of the people don’t care about freedom. Sound familiar?
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    We invade middle eastern countries, take out their leader and terrorist groups rush in to fill the void. We’ve caused a lot of grief in those countries to include dehumanizing of women. We should always keep mainly human rights in focus when we exit these countries. Women’s rights are human rights- believe it or not.
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    And just How will this be negotiated under Muslim law? Normally, Afgan women are treated like goats or cattle. How do you sweep dirt floors without creating dust? How do you change 1,500 years of history? And if Afgan women become part of the deal, how will this deal be enforced?
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    Yes, if our country believes in human rights, that all people are created equal, that all people have basic human rights- then, of course this should be something we endorse in helping settle world issues. As a practical matter, assuring women’s rights would lesson the likelihood of a Taliban dominated extremist government- which would just be a band-aid to peace and not a long-term commitment. We should be careful to separate the ‘how’ from the ‘what’. We should demand that women have equal rights as part of a peace-engaging government. That’s the ‘what’. The ‘how’ needs to be reflective of their culture and world view. It has to come from them and should be accepted, so long as it meets the required ‘what’ that is needed.
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    Yes, moderate Afghanis are beginning to acknowledge the rights of women . We can encourage that trend by including women in the negotiations.
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    Half the population. Of course.
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    Absolutely! Women are the peacemakers. If we had more women in the political realm making important decisions. We would not be having all the needless senseless wars.
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    Absolutely!!! These women should not be subjected to the Taliban’s rules again.
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    Don’t women want peace too?
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    Of course! How women are treated is a very solid predictor of how the whole country is doing. :)
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    It’s all rainbows and unicorns people. Rainbows and unicorns. The empowerment of women and sharia law don’t mix. Anyone who would be naïve enough to think the United States of America can change the 7th-century mindset of people under sharia law are fools. We now live in the 21st-century. If they haven’t changed by now do you really think the US State Department is going to fix it?
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    I hope our government can help, but I fear that little will change any time soon. Thousands of years of a thoroughly oppressive tradition will be difficult to overcome!
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    Yes. Many Afghan women have been deeply affected by the terrorist organizations that we have been trying to take out in Afghanistan. If we want to fully eradicate terrorism in this region, we have to help give these women rights.
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    Equal rights for women over in Afghanistan is very important and as a world superpower, we should strive for equality, especially when it comes to these peace negotiations and deals. Include everyone, regardless of race, sex, etc.
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    We must stay our of other nation's affairs.
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    The United States policies of human rights and dignity are paramount. All men are created equal...includes women.
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    It sounds good but it is a Muslim country and they hold the high hand. I say withdrawal because we are losing billions on a war where most of the people don’t care about freedom. Sound familiar?
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    We should include women definitely
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    Their lives are miserable and they deserve to be able to live full and productive lives. I am sure we have missed a Madame Curie, a Florence Nightingale, some incredibly creative executive who might come up with the thing that cures our problem with global warming. How would we ever fin out unless we see them educated and happy human beings?
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    If we are promoting democracy... women are a part of democracy...!
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    Women are actually people, duh.
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