Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
February 24, 2004
Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky to Lead Delegation to Afghanistan February 24-26
Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky will lead a delegation of high-level U.S. government officials and private sector representatives to Kabul on February 24-26 where she will convene the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council.
The U.S.-Afghan Women's Council will focus on projects that assist Afghan women in areas such as education, literacy, women's development centers, women's health, political participation, environmental conservation and small and medium business development. Members of the U.S. delegation will meet with Afghan teachers and visit several schools in Afghanistan, including the future site of a women's teacher training college to be established by the American University of Kabul. The delegation will also visit a women's health center and meet with Afghan officials concerning women's health issues. A list of U.S. delegation members is attached.
Co-chaired by Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan Minister of Women's Affairs Habiba Sarabi and Under Secretary Dobriansky, the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council is dedicated to creating public-private partnerships to mobilize resources that facilitate Afghan women's involvement in rebuilding their country. The Council was launched by Presidents George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai during President Karzai's visit to Washington DC in January 2002. The first meeting of the Council was held on April 24, 2002 in Washington, the second meeting was on January 8-9, 2003 in Kabul, and the third meeting was on July 15-16, 2003 in Washington.
Under Secretary Dobriansky will meet separately with Afghan officials to discuss counter-narcotics activities as well as the Afghan Conservation Corps, an important initiative providing jobs to women and other vulnerable groups in environmental projects. More broadly, the Under Secretary will underscore the continued U.S. commitment to the people and government of Afghanistan in all her official meetings.