Asia Foundation Trustee Melanne Verveer Writes on Afghan Women for Politico’s Women Rule
October 16, 2013 — Asia Foundation Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer writes on Afghan women for Politico’s “Women Rule,” a special project by Politico, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation that explores how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities. Highlighting the contributions of Afghanistan’s most inspiring and promising women leaders like Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, Naheed Farid, Azra Jafari, Anita Haidary, and Palwasha Wajid, Ambassador Verveer writes: “The capacity and contributions of Afghan women are indispensable if Afghanistan is to realize peace, stability and economic opportunity. Afghanistan will not advance if the women, who comprise more than half the population, are shortchanged and their talents, energy and experiences are untapped. The efforts of those like Sakena, Sadiqa, Naheed, Azra, Anita and Palwasha are a testament to their perseverance and competence.”
Ambassador Verveer was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. She is currently the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and a Trustee of The Asia Foundation. Read the full article: “Afghan women on the front line.”
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