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

January-09-03

US Delegation Announces Funds for Programs for Afghan Women

During a 2-day US delegation visit to Kabul this week, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky announced that the US will provide $2.5 million for the construction of 14 women's centers and $1 million for education, micro-enterprise, and training grants to NGOs that will be supervised by the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The US delegation traveled to Kabul for the second meeting of the Afghan Women's Council.

"Our visit here today really attests to the importance that we attach to our relationship with Afghanistan and Afghanistan's future, and in particular also, the future of women," said Dobriansky, according to the Associated Press.

While pleased that the US has committed resources for the Women's Centers, the Feminist Majority also has urged strongly that funding for the Women's Centers and other programs for women go directly to the Ministry of Women's Affairs, rather than through international NGOs, in order to strengthen the Women's Ministry's permanent role in safeguarding women's rights throughout Afghanistan. During a video conference with the Kabul delegation, Feminist Majority representatives also raised the issue of whether the US would contribute funds for the operating expenses for the Women's Centers as well as their construction.

While the infusion of additional funding certainly brings new promise to the war-torn country, reconstruction continues to suffer setbacks and security remains a key concern. Feminist Majority representatives at the video conference expressed concern about the security situation in Afghanistan and the need for expansion of international peace keeping forces, particularly in view of violent attacks on girls' schools last fall and recent warnings that a US attack on Iraq could mean increased terrorism in Afghanistan. In response to this question, Minister of Women's Affairs Habiba Sorabi stated her belief that it was necessary for the country's security and for women to expand peace keeping forces beyond Kabul.

TAKE ACTION Urge Congress to Appropriate Funds for Expanded Peace Troops, Women's Programs and Reconstruction in Afghanistan

Media Resources: Associated Press 1/8/03; Agence France Presse 1/8/03; Dept. of State release 1/6/03; Feminist Majority Foundation; Feminist Daily News Wire


© 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

8/27/2015 Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive - On Women's Equality Day Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, signed a progressive and inclusive executive directive to take a major step toward gender equity for the city and to be a model for other cities. . . .
 
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections. This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
 
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms. The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .