Afghan women negotiators face hardline Taliban in peace talks

Four Afghan women who endured the Taliban’s oppressive rule and have fought for fragile gains since the militants were ousted are facing the hardline group in peace talks.Their presence at the negotiating table is significant in patriarchal Afghanistan, though they are outnumbered by the rest of the Afghan government’s team of 17 men and the Taliban’s male-only side.”The Taliban have to understand that they are facing a new Afghanistan with which they have to learn to live,” negotiator Fawzia Koofi told AFP ahead of the talks, which got underway on Saturday.The politician and high-profile wome…

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