Tory MP Nusrat Ghani says when she worked for BBC World Service she had gathered some women to speak in the Afghan parliament for the first time.
"We did that under the threat of the Taliban. But I had a British passport, I knew I could come home and be safe. And I was naively optimistic and thought that these women's lives would be improved for the better.
"And now I am receiving phone calls and they are telling me it is game over."
She says it took 20 years to get 69 women MPs in Afghanistan but now they know they need to get out "and get out soon", along with their families and people who have worked with them.
"It means that 20 years from now we will have to start all over again," she says describing it as a "watershed of a failure by the West".
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