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International Women’s Day 2009
March 10, 2009
On March 10, 2009 Women Thrive Worldwide held its first annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Capitol Hill in cooperation with the Congressional Women’s Caucus. The breakfast, which was attended by members of Congress, activists, and other policy makers featured three courageous Afghan women leaders visiting Washington DC in order to discuss the challenges that women have been facing in the eight years since the fall of the Taliban. These challenges include security, education, and violence against women as well as economic and political participation.
The three women had different backgrounds but were all united by their drive to help all Afghan women receive equal rights and opportunities. Sweeta Noori, spoke about the obstacles she faces economically empowering women as Afghanistan Country Director of Women for Women International. Wenny Kusuma, UNIFEM Afghan Programme Director, and Najia Zewari, Gender and Justice Manager for UNIFEM-Afghanistan, discussed the need for women’s empowerment in the country and beyond.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), Congressman James Moran (D-VA), Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA), Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) spoke about their commitment to advancing women’s equality in the region and beyond.
President Obama has noted that Afghanistan is currently one of our nation’s greatest foreign policy challenges and the event highlighted Congressional support of incorporating gender into our policy response.