Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

December-14-01

Afghan Women Deliver Proclamation on Reconstruction of Afghanistan

Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Emphasizes Important Role Women Will Play in Rebuilding Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC--Six delegates from the Afghan Women’s Summit, held in Brussels, Belgium December 4-5, along with Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, met with members of the U.S. House and Senate today, as well as State Department officials, to garner support for the Brussels Proclamation, the Summit’s plan for Afghan reconstruction.

Eleanor Smeal, whose campaign to “Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan” has led the fight to restore the rights of Afghan women since 1996, was heartened by the meetings and emphasized the important role Afghan women will play in the rebuilding of their war-torn country.

“Without women’s participation and leadership, reconstructing a civil society in Afghanistan is not possible,” said Smeal. “Afghan women have already demonstrated an excellent ability to establish, run, and execute vital humanitarian services inside and outside Afghanistan that will be instrumental to rebuilding the country’s democracy.”

However, Smeal noted that without adequate funding Afghan women stood little chance of maximizing their fullest contribution to Afghan society.

“There must be a massive infusion of aid into Afghanistan if the Brussels Proclamation is ever to be realized,” noted Smeal. “President Bush has just signed the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act, which authorizes him to release humanitarian funds on behalf of Afghan women and children. We urge the Administration to now utilize that authorization and put significant funds towards Afghan women non-governmental organizations, many of which are best positioned to offer vitally needed services.”

As part of the visit, Afghan delegates and Smeal, hosted by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS), presented the Proclamation to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and attended a lunch meeting with other members of the Senate, hosted by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Delegates also conducted briefings with several members of the House and State Department in which they discussed the Proclamation’s four central components: education and culture, healthcare, refugees, and human rights.


Media Resources:


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

4/17/2014 Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota's Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban - A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it "invalid and unconstitutional." The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v. . . .
 
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs. "All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .
 
4/16/2014 Female Afghan Parliamentarian Injured in Shooting Attack - Maryam Koofi, a member of Afghanistan's Parliament, was wounded in a shooting yesterday. . . .