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Beginning in late 2009, Inclusive Security worked with UNIFEM to ensure that Afghan women were heard at the London Conference in late January where the international donor community deliberated about its commitments to Afghanistan's future. This effort provided the only concrete recommendations from Afghan women that were considered. Previously, in September 2007, The Institute for Inclusive Security hosted a policy forum on increasing women's engagement in security in Afghanistan at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The forum, co-hosted by the Canadian Embassy, followed a weeklong consultation with 25 proven Afghan women leaders from the government, the National Assembly, and civil society. The forum provided an opportunity for leaders to both present their recommendations and to exchange perspectives with international civilian representatives, including military and civilian officers, and representatives from international non-governmental organizations. The consultation, held in conjunction with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, built upon the efforts of the Afghan Women's Network, an umbrella organization of more than 90 NGOs, to create a broad-based, sustainable coalition of women working in the security sector. Drawing on the success of female police units in Liberia and Afghanistan, Inclusive Security, in partnership with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the US Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, convened a consultation in June 2007 in Washington, DC to increase the recruitment of US policewomen. Female officers currently serving in Liberia and Afghanistan joined leaders of the National Center on Women and Policing, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association of Women Police, private contractors and others to improve incentives for women applicants, facilitating their recruitment, and improving outreach. The future of Afghanistan depends upon recognizing and enhancing the critical role women play in securing their country and building a new democracy. Despite progress over the last five years, Afghan women continue to face significant obstacles to fully participating in reconstruction. In an effort to reverse this trend, from Feb. 24 to March 2, 2006, The Initiative for Inclusive Security and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) invited 13 distinguished Afghan women leaders in government and civil society for a weeklong workshop, Inclusive Security: A Roadmap for Afghanistan.

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