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What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want

Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.

Taliban representatives had something to say during recent peace talks in Moscow: They would support, they said, a constitutional reform that upholds women’s access to education and work. There is of these commitments. Nevertheless, it is important to hold the group to their promise, because that is what most Afghans want.  Research from eastern Afghanistan demonstrates that, contrary to the , which holds that Afghans are broadly unsupportive of women’s rights, rural Afghan men and women do want to see girls go to school and women go to work.

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