Women for Women International’s Afghanistan Country Director to Speak at Congressional Briefing – Wed. May 13th

Women for Women International’s Afghanistan Country Director Sweeta Noori will provide commentary on her work with women survivors of war in Afghanistan during a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, May 13th, 2009. The panel discussion is part of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s Seeking Global Security project’s six-part discussion series entitled “Afghanistan: A Road Map For Progress”. The forum, “Forging an International Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan,” will take place from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building and is free and open to the public.

“Afghanistan: A Road Map For Progress” is part of an effort that seeks to broaden the collective understanding of today’s Afghanistan, examine and compare possible policy choices and include input from conventional and unconventional security policy communities as policymakers work to develop policy that will create a safer, more secure global community.

Sweeta Noori is the Country Director of the Afghanistan chapter of Women for Women International, which has been operational since 2002. In her work as Country Director she has assisted over 20,000 women in her country with financial assistance, rights education, and vocational skill straining. She was instrumental in launching one of Afghanistan’s first microcredit lending programs targeted to women, which has disbursed over $11.4 million to over 47,000 women. Under her leadership, WfWI-Afghanistan partnered with the Afghanistan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to register 2,000 women to vote in the historic 2004 presidential elections and 1,800 women in the 2005 parliamentary elections.

For more about Women for Women International’s work in Afghanistan and globally, visit our website at http://www.womenforwomen.org.

For additional information on the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s Afghanistan series, please visit the Caucus website a http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/.

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