The second Bonn conference starts today to determine Afghanistan’s future ten years after the fall of the Taliban. As was to be expected, women were excluded from the talks (until less than ten days ago and as a result of protests). ‘Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,’ says a senior US official.
‘There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.’
But what happened to all that talk about women’s rights, you might ask?
Well, that was all it was.