Over at The Examiner, Rachel Blackmon Bryars writes about our recent event featuring prominent Afghan women.  Bryars agrees with the notion that women’s rights in the Middle East is a national security concern:

The United States has devoted extensive effort to supporting women’s equality in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan through humanitarian assistance programs. What our policy-makers fail to recognize is that Muslim women’s rights is more than a human rights concern. It is a national security issue with far-reaching implications for our future.

Muslim women’s voices can help us win the war against terror by tempering their societies long-term. Many quasi-democracies of mostly male-participants are overly influenced by extremism and do not benefit from half the population’s input.

In other words, the hand that rocks the cradle could also moderate the nation…

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More on women and security in Afghanistan here.