From June 9 to16, 2011, the Afghan Women's Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security convened a regionally diverse delegation of 11 Afghan women leaders in Washington, DC. Delegates include civil society leaders from Kabul and conflict-affected provinces, a parliamentarian, the gender advisor to the High Peace Council Secretariat, and a journalist. Drawing on their experiences, delegates propose to the US government strategies for stabilizing Afghanistan. Recommendations focus on reintegrating insurgents; pursuing local and national reconciliation; managing the transition of US forces out of Afghanistan; and contending with regional dynamics. They provide guidance on creating the inclusive, participatory approaches essential to sustainability of these efforts and long-term stability.
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