U.S. Support for Afghan Women, Children, and Refugees
On July 16, 2003, the Department of State released its second report to Congress, "U.S. Support for Afghan Women, Children, and Refugees - June 2003." This report is mandated by the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act of 2001, and follow-up reports will be released on an annual basis.
The job of reconstructing Afghanistan and thereby creating an environment that allows Afghan women to participate fully in the political, economic and social life of liberated Afghanistan is far from over, but the 2003 Report to Congress shows that progress is well underway and that life is better now than it was a year ago for many Afghans. The Report shows that reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have improved the daily lives of thousands of Afghan women, children and refugees. Overall U.S. humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan, apart from the cost of continuing military and related support operation, will be close to $2 billion over FY-02 and FY-03.
The Report describes U.S. policies and programs in Afghanistan and the political and historic context. It also provides a detailed appendix with specific information about each project's scope, funding and implementing partners.
--07/17/03 Round Table on Afghan Women's Issues; Washington, DC