Afghan Women Are the Key to Afghanistan’s Future

Posted by Saba Ghori
January 25, 2010
Women at Sewing Center in Kandahar

About the Author: Saba Ghori serves as South and Central Asia Specialist and Violence Against Women Advisor for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and covers the countries of South and Central Asia, including Afghanistan.

Understandably, much of the discussion about Afghanistan’s future focuses on security and military issues – on the surge, and on the international community and the Afghan military working together to defeat the Taliban. These issues are critically important. But the United States also has a civilian strategy in place that focuses on economic and social development, good governance, rule of law, and human rights. Afghan women are central to each of these goals.

Investing in women is one of the most powerful forces we have for international development. Increasing Afghan women’s participation in the agricultural sector and the workforce – and, crucially, giving them the education, training, and protection from violence that they need in order to participate in the economic and political life of their country – doubles the human capital available to Afghanistan. It boosts family incomes, decreasing the incentives for participation in illicit activities, and diminishing the power of Taliban financial inducements to their husbands and sons.

For all these reasons, Ambassador Verveer traveled to the Hague last week to address a conference sponsored by the Dutch NGO “Gender Concerns International,” which has been working to address women’s role in peace-building and their inclusion at all levels of society. You can watch her deliver her remarks here.

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South Korea
January 27, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

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thank you.

Monica B.
Maryland, USA
February 9, 2010

Monica B. in Maryland writes:


I realize that you primarily cover south east Asia, not Africa; however, I wasn't sure with whom I could share my concerns about what is happening in the Congo. I recently had the privilege to see Nicholas Kristof speak, and he talks very passionately about the tragedy taking place there, particularly the cruel and persistent violence against girls and women. I've included here a link to his op ed from this week's NY Times. I wanted to write to Secretary Clinton directly about this morally critical issue but couldn't find an email address on this site. Please let me know the best way to get information about what the U.S. is doing about the Congo debacle and to help bring this crisis to the attention of those who may help solve the root causes of this devastating conflict.

Many thanks,

Monica Butta


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