USAID Announces $2.5 Million for Afghanistan Women's Ministry

Washington, DC March 11, 2005

USAID announced today a $2.5-million grant to the Afghanistan Ministry of Women's Affairs. USAID Administrator Andrew S. Natsios said the grant would further USAID's commitment to assist the Ministry to fulfill its purpose of advocacy and policy development to improve the status and lives of women in Afghanistan. Dr. Mosooda Jalal, Minister of Women's Affairs, welcomed the news of the funding at a meeting in Washington with Mr. Natsios and Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky.

USAID's support to the Ministry will help raise the profile and impact of the Ministry as a national, principled leader on issues of women and social justice and increase the Ministry's influence on programs that can improve the lives of women. USAID will also assist in developing and coordinating programs for the 17 Provincial Women's Resource Centers that facilitate outreach into the provinces to improve the lives of women and girls. USAID has provided more than $50 million to support women's issues in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.

For additional information on USAID's work in Afghanistan, please visit our website. *See http://www.state.gov/g/wi/ for International Women's Issues.


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