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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 4, 2006


U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council Partnership with Georgetown University

Today, Mrs. Laura Bush announced a new partnership between the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council and Georgetown University. Over the next two years, the Council and Georgetown will work to help empower Afghan women through educational opportunities, skills training, improving political and legal participation, and access to medical care.

The U.S.-Afghan Women's Council is a bi-national Council of Americans and Afghans that meets semi-annually to address the status of Afghan women in the economic, education, health, political and judicial sectors.

President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the creation of the Council in January 2002. The Council is co-chaired by Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Dr. Paula Dobriansky, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Minister of Women's Affairs Dr. Hassan Bano Ghazanfar of Afghanistan. It was established to help ensure that Afghan women gain the skills and education necessary to participate in all sectors of society, and to stimulate private and public assistance for such activities. The first meeting was held in Washington D. C. in April 2002.


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