Access To Education and Literacy Are Fundamental To the Protection of Afghan Women’s Rights

The Afghan “peace” process is intensifying, with talks soon to begin between the government and Taliban. But advances in women’s rights over the last decades, including the opportunities created by increased literacy and access to education, are at risk of betrayal by a rushed negotiation designed exclusively to advance U.S. strategic interests, with neither the Afghan government nor civil society and women’s rights groups having been meaningfully involved.

The total number of girls enrolled in schools across Afghanistan has gone from only 9,000 in 1999, to more than 2.4 million girls today. This fragile success story is now under threat.

Women’s Representation: “The Rise of Women Does Not Mean the Fall of Men”

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: celebrating Women’s Equality Day; trail-blazing women like Anita Hill and Megan Rapinoe look ahead 100 years; a lookback at the the Women’s Strike for Equality on August 26, 1970; What will it take for a woman to become president of the United States?; women’s voting rights around the world; the need for gender balanced cabinets; the exclusion of women from history (Sally Roesch Wagner notes, “History is not what happened. History is who tells the story.”); and more.

Take Action! Trump Administration Proposes Harmful Regression to USAID Gender Equality Policy

Last week, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released their draft of a new USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy.

The current draft of the policy is out of touch with current global best practices, and contains inaccurate and problematic elements that may stall or even reverse progress towards gender equality globally.

TAKE ACTION: USAID has opened up an extremely brief comment period on the policy, requiring that all comments be submitted by Tuesday, August 25.