March 25, 2016
On March 15, the US Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) held its annual meeting at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), co-chaired by former First Lady Laura Bush and Vice-Chair of the USAWC, Phyllis Magrab.
The meeting commenced with remarks submitted by First Lady Rula Ghani, an honorary co-chair of the USAWC. Mrs. Ghani thanked Mrs. Bush for the publication of her new book “We Are Afghan Women”, and also mentioned that while Afghanistan has far to go in empowering women, it has made great progress.
Remarks submitted by Mrs. Ghani, who was not able to personally attend, stated: “All in all, those past 15 months have witnessed a steady improvement in the condition of women in Afghanistan. I feel confident to declare that we are engaged on the right path and that, God willing, we are on the way to a bright future where women and men will be able to enjoy peace and stability and to live their lives to their fullest.”
Mrs. Bush welcomed members of the council and praised the work the council has done in helping and supporting Afghan women. She also commended Mrs. Rula Ghani’s support to Afghanistan’s first public women’s university and encouraged council members to collectively support that effort.
Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib highlighted some of the key measures the Afghan government has taken to enable women’s progress and thanked council members for their commitment to Afghanistan. He reaffirmed the Embassy’s full support and cooperation with the work of the USAWC.
Mrs. Lael Mohib said that the Afghan embassy was working with USAWC Executive Director and Vice President to increase collaboration and communication with the Afghan government to further the work of the council.
The Council meeting was followed by a panel discussion at USIP moderated by Stephen Hadley with Mrs. Laura Bush and Mina Sherzoy, who contributed her personal story to “We Are Afghan Women”.