President Bush Highlights Women's Rights in State of the Union
In his first State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Bush highlighted gains made in recent months for women in Afghanistan. Pointing out that only a few months ago Afghan women and girls were not allowed to work or go to school, the President claimed that they were were now “free” and part of the new interim government. He recognized Hamid Karzai, the Afghan Interim Government Chairman, and Dr. Sima Samar, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women’s Affairs, as his special guests at the State of the Union.
Also during his 48-minute speech, President Bush called for “respect for women” as part of “non-negotiable demands of human dignity” and recognized the heroic efforts of two women flight attendants, Hermis Moutadier and Christina Jones, who thwarted an Al Qaeda operative from blowing up an airplane using bombs he had hidden in his shoes.
Bush’s recognition of Chairman Karzai and Dr. Minister Samar capped off a 3-day trip by the Afghan interim government leaders here to discuss the future of Afghanistan. They met yesterday with US AID and U.S. State Department officials who announced the first U.S. funded programs for reconstruction. Dr. Samar also met with leaders of the Feminist Majority during her visit.
Media Resources: NBC and Feminist Majority, 1/29/02
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. . . .