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Dr. Abdullah Meets USAID Director for Afghanistan

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with the Director for Afghanistan of the US Agency for International Development and the leadership of this agency, representatives of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, members of Parliament and civil society, this morning in his office at the Sepidar Palace.

In this meeting the Chief Executive appreciated the USAID’s award of 216 million dollars for empowering Afghan women and making available another 200 million dollars for developing the project (also known as the PROMOTE project).

He added “We have had important achievements in the area of women’s rights in Afghanistan but we still have a long road to full success. The National Unity Government is committed to responsibly perform its duty in this regard.” He said that the USAID’s project to develop and empower women is one of the largest US projects in the world. He hoped that the project will be able to help in a balanced manner all Afghan women.’ He added ‘I hope that this project is implemented in coordination and cooperation with the Afghan government.’

The Chief Executive asked the USAID officials to build with the funds from this project a university department of women’s studies.

Director of USAID in Afghanistan responded that ‘in this period of transition and drawdown of international assistance to Afghanistan, the USAID decided to undertake a large project for the benefit of Afghan women.

During this meeting, the USAID officials in charge of this project described in detail the history and objectives of the project. They explained that the project will concentrate in the areas of strengthening women’s leadership role, women’s role in the government, women’s role in the economy, and organizing the civil society working on defending women’s rights.    

Attendees presented their recommendations and views for improving and balancing the PROMOTE project and for establishing a responsive and responsible oversight and reporting mechanism for it under the aegis of the Chief Executive. These were appreciated by the USAID team present. The USAID leadership also promised that it will review the establishment of a university department of women’s studies and will report back on its feasibility.

 

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