“Afghan Women Leaders Hold Keys to Success"
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) led a group of Members of Congress and influential leaders for the official launch of the Afghan Women’s Task Force yesterday. As Co-Chair of the new organization, Rep. McMorris Rodgers joined Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) to host a very successful and timely roundtable discussion on protecting women’s roles in Afghanistan – especially in preparation for the transition to Afghan-led security next month.
“This is a critical time for U.S. decision makers to interact directly with Afghan leaders to ensure women’s meaningful inclusion in the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Plan, in addition to the long-term stabilization of Afghanistan,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “And it’s the women that hold these keys to success. This is not just about women’s rights, but human rights – and the belief that all of us have been bestowed with certain universal freedoms.”
“After multiple visits to Afghanistan, I am convinced that the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program must include women and take their interests into account. This will require a concerted effort from all participating parties, including the international community,” said Rep. Edwards. “I look forward to continuing to work with Members of Congress, the State Department, and Afghan women leaders to make sure the Peace and Reintegration Program meets the needs of all Afghans.”
As the transition commences, the Afghan Women’s Task Force will focus on mentoring programs for Afghanistan’s female Members of Parliament, prospective elected officials, and civic and business leaders.
The discussion included representatives from the Institute for Inclusive Security, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, the Women’s Democracy Network, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the American University of Afghanistan, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the State Department and Women’s Policy, Inc.
“We’re really looking forward to having a forum in which we can engage in this very important ongoing dialogue,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “And we will do everything we can to promote the strength and success of Afghan women both here and abroad.”
Please visit the Afghan Women’s Task Force Facebook page here.