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Category: Feminism, Politics, International

The UK Guardian asks: Can Afghan Women Count on Hillary Clinton?

| July 5, 2011

According to the the UK Guardian in this eye-opening piece, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised that the women of Afghanistan could rely on her to protect their rights, yet today that promise seems negotiable. Now that the Obama administration wants out of the war, there is diminishing help and aid for Afghan women.

USAID is backing out of a project to help women own land amidst concerns that "gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities." According to writer Ann Jones who spent years in Afghanistan, the US has the power to protect women's rights if they choose to make them one of their main "priorities".

There is hope. Afghan Women's Network is making headway in advocating women's rights as a way to stabilize the country. Secretary Clinton is in a position of power to support them and all the women of Afghanistan- if she stands up to key stakeholders who have not yet realized the importance of women's rights abroad. The WMC supports the rights of women in Afghanistan and hopes Secretary Clinton will, too.

Read the full article here.