Afghan woman cautions against Obama's plans for the Taliban

President Obama's recent hints that he is considering negotiations with moderate Taliban groups may work against the already-tenuous state of women's rights in Afghanistan. 


Suraya Pakzad, an Afghan women's advocate and 2008 International Women of Courage Award winner, warned in an interview with CNN that women's rights must be prioritized in any negotiations. Pakzad, who has received death threats for her work in teaching literacy and providing domestic violence shelter to women, said that the Taliban continue to pose a grave threat to women's rights. Pakzad's warnings come during Women's History Month, alongside President Obama's recent announcement of a new ambassador-at-large for global women's issues.