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Meeting in Kabul of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, July 18, 2007

International Women's Issues
July 2007

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky traveled to Afghanistan July 16-20, 2007 to convene the ninth formal meeting of the U.S. Afghan Women's Council. U/S Dobriansky led a delegation of distinguished Americans from the private sector and philanthropies: Barbara Barrett, CEO Triple Creek Ranch; Caroline Firestone, Founder, The New Hudson Foundation; Timothy McBride, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Freddie Mac; Terry Neese, President, Women Impacting Public Policy; and Diana Rowan, Founder, Afghan Women Leaders Connect.

In Kabul on July 18, U/S Dobriansky co-chaired the Council's session with Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, and Afghan Minister of Women's Affairs, Dr. Hussn Banu Ghazanfar. The meeting helped bring U.S. and Afghan members up to date on new and ongoing projects to assist Afghan women in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, civic empowerment and health. Participants reviewed some of the Council's investments such as intensive entrepreneurship and mentoring programs for aspiring Afghan women business owners, efforts to train women judges and lawyers, community health-related projects and the successful training of 384 village-based literacy teachers, 50% of them women, at the Women's Teachers Training Institute in Kabul. Attendees were also briefed on plans under Ayenda, the Council's special effort targeted at the critical needs of children. Throughout the meeting, the Council's Afghan partners offered welcome insights into the current needs, aspirations and achievements of Afghan women and girls.

Under Secretary Dobriansky and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Wood, participate in the ninth session of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council in Kabul on July 18, 2007
Under Secretary Dobriansky and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Wood, participate in the ninth session of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council in Kabul on July 18, 2007.


 The Council's U.S. delegation visits the Afghan Women's Business Federation in Kabul.
The Council's U.S. delegation visits the Afghan Women's Business Federation in Kabul.


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