November 8, 2012 |
A full withdrawal of U.S. and coalition forces from Afghanistan appears inevitable. Reading and watching news here in Washington, I can appreciate the intense focus on the military mission and on the men and women who have sacrificed to help my country. I worry, however, what will happen to Afghanistan after the U.S. military departs. I have found little discussion of Afghanistan's future or of what will become of U.S. civilian and military efforts to help us make our country a better place to live.
May 18, 2012 |
As the United States convenes the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, the fate of Afghanistan's women is on my mind. This spring marks the 10th anniversary of the return of Afghanistan's girls to the classroom. During the Taliban era, women were denied education. Women could not work, even when they were the sole providers for their families. Under the Taliban dictatorship, it was decreed that women should be neither seen nor heard. By 2002, the consequences of such deliberate human cruelty were abundantly clear.
July 18, 2013 |
The U.S. Agency for International Development announced a new $200 million assistance program for Afghan women Thursday, amid fears that gains in women's rights and development made over the past decade will dissipate after the withdrawal of foreign combat troops next year. The five-year investment is the largest to date by USAID aimed specifically at advancing women's interests. The program, called Promote, envisions an additional $200 million in contributions by other international donors.
March 11, 2011
The March 6 news article " As U.S. goals shift, so does focus on aid to Afghanistan's women " suggested that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is shifting away from its commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment in Afghanistan. Nothing could be further from the truth. As part of a government-wide effort, USAID is providing more support than at any time in our agency's history to address the illiteracy, poor health, extreme poverty and political exclusion that still bedevil the...
August 18, 2009 |
KABUL -- When the United States and its allies went to war against the Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, "liberating the women of Afghanistan" was often cited as one of the reasons to seek "regime change. " More than seven years later, however, the situation for Afghan women remains dire. There have been some bright spots: Women now hold seats in the Afghan parliament, and millions of girls have been able to attend primary school. But educational gains plummet when girls hit secondary school, with just 4 percent of female...
March 26, 2013 |
KABUL — Accepting a challenge from the captain of the Afghan women's soccer team, Secretary of State John F. Kerry playfully hit a header Tuesday while hearing the success stories of a handful of female Afghan entrepreneurs. "Hey!" Kerry called when he hit his shot and directed the ball to Zahra Mahmoodi, a founding member of the women's team. She told him that girls were not allowed to play soccer during the rule of the Taliban, the radical Islamist movement that held power in Kabul from 1996 to 2001.