Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance.

Women’s rights activists fear that both sides will bargain away their gains.

In the 18 years since the fall of the Taliban, women have made important advances but still live under a massive weight of discrimination and marginalization.

In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Alissa, who faced domestic violence, center, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at a women's shelter office in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Alissa, who faced domestic violence, center, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at a women’s shelter office in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Khadeja, 16, who was burned by a pot of scalding hot water thrown by her husband, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at a women's shelter office in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Khadeja, 16, who was burned by a pot of scalding hot water thrown by her husband, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at a women’s shelter office in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Khadeja, 16, who was burned by a pot of scalding hot water thrown by her husband, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at a women's shelter in Herat, western of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Khadeja, 16, who was burned by a pot of scalding hot water thrown by her husband, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at a women’s shelter in Herat, western of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, an Afghan woman who was burned in a domestic violence attack, receives treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, an Afghan woman who was burned in a domestic violence attack, receives treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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