Afghanistan Essays

The Afghanistan Essays | The Woman Question: Gains at Risk

This 2018 short-essay series by the Jinnah Institute (JI) reflects a range of Pakistani thought leadership on Afghanistan and it’s complex history with Islamabad. With the region in the current crosshairs of a seemingly intractable conflict, these essays attempt to spur old and new thinking on the history of Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan and existing challenges. The essays cover a range of subject matter on Afghanistan-Pakistan including efforts for peace and reconciliation, threats to security, the broader geopolitical dynamic, and the role of civil society and economy.

This essay titled ‘The Woman Question: Gains at Risk’ explores the critical importance of women in any viable settlement in Afghanistan, and highlights the role of gender in the country’s current socio-political, economic and security discourse. It traces the gains made in recent years and the inherent dangers associated with reversals therein.