Women are nearly a third of the Afghan delegation at today's Afghanistan conference in Bonn, Germany holding 13 of the 40 delegate positions. One hundred nations are meeting in Bonn to discuss future support for Afghanistan as the US has begun withdrawing troops.
"The people of Afghanistan are looking to this conference for clear affirmation of commitment to make security transition and economic progress irreversible," said Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who also warned that despite significant gains, international support will be needed for "at least another decade."
Although the US plans to withdraw all troops by 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who led the US delegation, indicated that the US "intends to stay the course with our friends in Afghanistan."
Media Resources: New York Times 12/5/11; BBC 12/5/11; Reuters 12/5/11