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USAID Signing Ceremony

Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Remarks at USAID Signing Ceremony
Washington, DC
January 29, 2002

Mrs. Bush, Chairman Karzai, Afghan Interim Authority Ministers, Cabinet Secretaries, distinguished members of Congress, Administrator Natsios, and honored guests: It is a privilege to be here for this important occasion.

This event signifies not only U.S. support for the people of Afghanistan, but also both countries’ unwavering commitment to Afghan women. Long denied basic education, health care and opportunities to provide for their families, the resilient women of Afghanistan are once again regaining control over their lives and futures. We stand resolute in our support for Afghan women. We stand resolute in our support for the Afghan people.

In my meetings with Afghan ministers today, it was clear we will work together to advance women’s participation in the reconstruction process.

To that end, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed to establish a U.S.-Afghanistan Women’s Council. This public-private partnership will link our Afghan colleagues with American partners in academia, the private sector, media, health services, and other key sectors. This will mobilize private resources and foster an exchange of information and experience to support the reconstruction of Afghanistan, as well as ensure follow-up. And it will support the pivotal role that women will play in rebuilding Afghanistan.

We are heartened to see girls returning to schools, mothers providing for their children, and women returning to the workplace. Our efforts here are a part of the restoration of rights for Afghan women.

We look forward to working together for these important goals. 



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