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Gallery compilation of images, including three of young Afghan girls in school and one of Mrs. Laura Bush with a colleague.

USAWC Statement in support of Afghan Women

August 16th, 2021

In these incredibly difficult and chaotic times, the US Afghan Women’s Council remains steadfast in its commitment to the people of Afghanistan, especially the Afghan women and girls. We recognize the dedication and tenacity of the many women leaders and advocates and pledge to do all we can to ensure their safety and well-being. While the future remains uncertain, the bravery and dedication of these women is unprecedented. We ask for your support as we seek ways to make a difference in this critical time. Please see Recent News: Ways to Help.


The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) is a non-partisan public-private partnership that convenes governments, civil society and the private sector around the goal of supporting Afghan women and girl’s education, healthcare, economic empowerment and leadership. The Council leverages public and private resources to advance member-driven initiatives and highlights the experiences and needs of Afghan women and girls.  

USAWC Group Photo – June 2019

The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) was founded in 2002 as a public-private partnership. The USAWC is based out of Georgetown University and is co-chaired by the President of Georgetown University and the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. 

Under the leadership of First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary R. Clinton, both of whom serve together as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the USAWC, the Council has worked to address areas of need identified by Afghan women, convening interested partners and brokering connections to meaningful sustainable platforms. Through the individual initiatives and collaborative efforts of its members, who are leaders in government, the private sector, academia and philanthropy, the Council has taken steps to advance the lives of Afghan women and children.