Ms. magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation hosted a forum at the National Press Club today honoring Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission in Afghanistan. The event shows how liberals and conservatives can see eye to eye on some issues, particularly those relating to Afghanistan.
The forum was geared towards raising and keeping support for the poor impoverished Afghan women who continue to suffer from high mother and infant mortality rates, violence, forced marriages, and a lack of education and proper health care. The event was a great reminder of how we must not let Afghanistan and its women fall from our and the world’s priority and that Afghanistan is not just a military operation. The war torn country needs financial assistance geared towards rebuilding infrastructure, schools, shelters, and programs to support the health, well-being and success of women to make Afghanistan into a prosperous nation that the Afghans, the U.S., and the international community can see as a success story.