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About the Council
 
  

About the Council

Our History and Mission 

On January 28, 2002, Presidents Bush and Karzai announced the creation of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council to promote private/public partnerships between U.S. and Afghan institutions and moblize private resources to ensure Afghan women gain the skills and education deprived them under years of Taliban misrule.  women from afghanistanThis initiative will also help to ensure that Afghan women play a role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.  Once announced, the Council received enthusiastic support from the Afghan government, several U.S. government agencies, and the public at large -- especially from the community focused on recovery efforts.  

The Council is co-chaired by the Under Secretary for Global Affairs and the Afghan Minister of Women's Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.   The Council is staffed in the United States by State Department's Office of International Women's Issues.