I was on Russia Today (RT) live yesterday evening discussing the issue of the new Time Magazine cover that has forced everyone to, at the very least, momentarily abandon their convenient case of amnesia when it comes to the plight of Afghan women.
To be honest, after almost eight years of working on this issue and witnessing funds and support for not only Afghan women, but the war itself vanish in Washington, I am having déjà vu: Haven’t we been here before? Haven’t we had these exact discussions? Why is the suffering of Afghan women and the fight to secure their rights still only rolled out when it is convenient for us?
They should be a part of the discussion every day. They should always be a part of US policy on Afghanistan. There can be no sustainable future for Afghanistan without the participation of half of their population, without women. If the international community abandons Afghan women again, it will be an immeasurable loss for women all over the world.
Tell me what you think. Is the US media exploiting Afghan women?