By: Tobi Cohen
Championing the emancipation of Afghan women is emerging as a possible nonmilitary, post-combat role for Canada as politicians and activists debate the future of the costly mission in Afghanistan.
While the focus has shifted in recent days toward an 11thhour decision to keep as many as 1,000 troops in Afghanistan until 2014 to train Afghan security forces, there’s been a fractured attempt over the past few weeks and months to explore the issue of women’s rights — which some argue has captivated the Canadian public and kept dwindling support for the mission alive.
Ottawa has yet to unveil its full strategy for Afghanistan once combat troops pull out of restive Kandahar in July 2011 but today the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights will begin hearing from experts on what role Canada might play in supporting the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the war-torn country.
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