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Office of the Spokesman
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March 29, 2005


Under Secretary for Global Affairs Leads U.S. Delegation to Afghanistan for U.S.-Afghan Women's Council Meeting

Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky will travel to Afghanistan March 29-31, 2005 to convene the sixth formal meeting of the U.S.-Afghan Womenís Council.  Under Secretary Dobriansky co-chairs the Council with Afghan Minister of Womenís Affairs Massouda Jalal and Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Abdullah.

 

Under Secretary Dobriansky will be accompanied by the following high-level delegation of Americans from the government, private and philanthropic sectors: Claude Allen, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy; Barbara Barrett, Chair, Presidentís Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; Cheryl Benard, RAND Corporation; Reverend Kathleene Card, Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean, VA; Connie Duckworth, Founder, Arzu Carpets and Chair, Committee of 200; Carolyn Firestone, Global Partnership for Afghanistan; Anne Heiligenstein, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Social Services, Texas Department of Health and Human Services; James Kunder, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East; Tim McBride, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Freddie Mac; Charlotte Ponticelli, State Department Senior Coordinator for International Womenís Issues; Diana Rowan, Founder, Afghan Women Leaders Connect; and Cindi Williams, Special Assistant, White House Office of Public Liaison.

 

The Council, which meets twice annually alternating between Kabul and Washington D.C., was created by Presidents Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on January 28, 2002.  Comprised of members from the private sector and government, the Council is devoted to empowering Afghan women to play a critical role in the rebuilding of that nation. The Council specifically promotes public/private partnerships between U.S. and Afghan institutions, and mobilizes private resources to ensure Afghan women gain the practical skills and education they need to improve their status and economic well-being. The Council also seeks to improve womenís access to health care and to reduce the adult illiteracy that impedes Afghan womenís status in all sectors of society.

 

In Afghanistan, the Council will meet with highest-level Afghan leaders, to discuss current and future programs, and visit programs that are underway under Council sponsorship to assist Afghan women. 

For more information contact Susan Crais Hovanec, (202) 312-9675.

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Released on March 29, 2005

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