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
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .