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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Releases Letter Supporting Women of Afghanistan

March 13, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and 30 of her colleagues in the United States House of Representatives released a letter to the women of Afghanistan pledging their support for policies and programs that empower women and girls in the country.  The letter was issued just weeks before the election of a new president in Afghanistan.

 “Over the last 13 years, Afghan society has been completely transformed. In 2001, women had no rights, were prohibited from attending school or holding public office, and had almost no access to basic health care. They were prisoners in their own country,” said Representative McCollum. “Today, Afghan women are helping to build their country’s future.  Girls represent 40% of the children in primary school and 28% of the seats in parliament are held by women.”

“These changes have had a remarkable positive impact on Afghan society, but the gains women have made are still new and fragile. It is important that these gains are protected and that we prevent a step back into the dark ages for the women of Afghanistan.”

“Empowering women around the world is good for families, communities and countries. Today, the women of Afghanistan can play a powerful role in the development of their country.  My colleagues and I recognize the extraordinary strides that they have made already.  We stand ready to support them as they work to advance their rights and move their country forward.”