"Missing the Target" analyses Sweden’s role in Afghanistan when it come's to implementing UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security. Photo: Andrej Ban
"Missing the Target" analyses Sweden’s role in Afghanistan when it come's to implementing UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security. Photo: Andrej Ban

Missing the target in Afghanistan

2012-11-09

The protection of women’s human rights was used to legitimize the military intervention in Afghanistan 2001. Sweden, among other countries, has emphasized the importance of women’s rights and participation in order to reach a sustainable peace in the country. Next year Afghanistan will become the largest recipient of Swedish bilateral development aid.

Does Sweden have a vision and strategies to stick to its commitments towards Afghan women in the changing military setting? Or do we risk seeing another sell-out of women’s rights in change for other priorities in the international arena?

Three Swedish NGOs are launching a unique, extensive study on the impact of Sweden’s efforts to implement UN resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in Afghanistan. Particiapting at the launch conference on November 9th are Afghan women rights advocates, representatives from Sida, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Armed Forces, as well as Swedish parliamentarians.

Download the report Missing the Target.

About the author: Ann Wilkens is former Swedish ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan (2003- 07) and former chair of SCA (2007-09). She is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) and has published a number of papers and reports on the Pakistan/Afghanistan region.