July 15, 2010, 2:03 p.m.
Recent strategic gains by the Taliban have forced the Karzai Government to open negotiations with the radical organization. These talks, however, often overlook the situation that women under Taliban control face. Human Rights Watch has released a report, "The ‘Ten-Dollar Talib' and Women's Rights: Afghan Women and the Risks of Reintegration and Reconciliation," which discusses the potential challenges to women's rights posed by future government agreements with insurgent forces.
The report describes how in areas under Taliban control, women are often subjected to threats, intimidation and violence, girls' education is targeted, and women political leaders and activists are attacked and killed with impunity.