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#Time4RealPeace

A coalition of Afghan women and youth, civil society groups, activists, and supporters.

#Time4RealPeace is coalition of Afghan women and youth, civil society groups, individual activists and supporters, both in Afghanistan and the diaspora, raising significant concerns about the current peace deal and to advocate for the meaningful inclusion of the interest and rights of Afghan women, young people and democratically elected representatives and institutions. 

Current peace talks 

On February 25, 2019 the United States, led by US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, began peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. Whilst a number of Taliban leaders, including Abdul Ghani Baradar, were present, women, young people and the elected representatives of Afghanistan were absent, raising concerns across Afghanistan and abroad about the viability, legitimacy and sustainability of a peace deal struck with violent actors. 

This coalition and all its partners, members and supporters across Afghanistan welcome all steps to creating peace, where the number of innocent people killed or maimed rose by 36 percent in 2018.  However, any deal that hands over power to many of the same actors who perpetrate extreme violence against civilians is unlikely to end the cycle of violence against Afghans civilians and to create peace.   

We also want to recognize that the push for peace began through the grassroots efforts of Afghan citizens, whose extraordinary response across the country has demonstrated their vision and desire for a peace that is sustainable and one that safeguards the interests of all Afghans. 

Our key concerns are:

Afghanistan today

Despite decades of ongoing conflict, Afghan people have realized significant, tangible developments in their own lives and in society more broadly. Foreign aid and humanitarian assistance have contributed to these improvements, but Afghans themselves have been the agents and executors of such labour.  But these victories are hard-won. Every day, Afghans risk their lives to assert their fundamental rights—to education, free expression, employment, peace and well-being— through their unwearied commitment to their communities and country.

These achievements have only been earned through the Afghan’s unassailable desire for peace, and willingness to practice it. 2018 saw multiple grass-roots movements demanding an end to violence.  Most notably, several cross-country marches were organized to draw attention to the continued violence against civilians. Hundreds of women marched in Kabul on International Women’s Day. Over 68 percent of Afghans believe that the Taliban pose the greatest threat to Afghanistan and the Taliban are viewed as discredits actors who do not have real intentions to make peace. 


We have been asking young Afghans across the country to tells us what peace means to them, you can view some of these videos here. If you would like to share a video with #Time4RealPeace please send it via our
Facebook page.

News

HUNDREDS OF AFGHAN WOMEN AND ACTIVISTS CALL FOR INCLUSION IN THE AFGHANISTAN PEACE PROCESS
February 13, 2019
Statement is led by Time4RealPeace, a coalition of Afghan women, men, young people, civil society groups, and individual activists 30 high-profile figures have signed on, including Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem, Roger Waters, Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, and Khaled Hosseini
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'FIRST WE WANT A CEASEFIRE' : RADIO POLL IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN SHOWS AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE FOR PEACE
July 23, 2019
Time4RealPeace, in partnership with Safa FM Radio, asked the people of Eastern Afghanistan their opinions on the current peace negotiations between the USA and the Taliban.
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MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT JOIN HUNDREDS OF AFGHAN WOMEN AND ACTIVISTS TO CALL FOR INCLUSION IN THE AFGHANISTAN PEACE PROCESS
July 26, 2019
MEP’s join over 30 high-profile figures, including Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem, Roger Waters, Arundhati Roy, Ken Loach, and Khaled Hosseini
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Videos

We have been asking young Afghans across the country to tells us what peace means to them, you can view some of these videos here. If you would like to share a video with #Time4RealPeace please send it via our Facebook page.