Rep. Maloney Meets with Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after her meeting today with Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
“It was an honor today to meet with Dr. Samar and Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation President, to discuss the need to include Afghan women and the Afghan government in the ongoing peace negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban. Under Taliban rule, Afghan women suffered under crushing oppression and are now speaking up to demand a seat at the table – and they should have one. This is a necessary component in making sure that the progress that Afghan women have made in recent years can continue. I will urge the State Department and the Trump Administration to keep women’s equality and human rights at the forefront during these negotiations.”