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
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .