“I am deeply concerned that the peace agreement negotiated between the Trump Administration and the Taliban doesn’t say a word about protecting the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule, women and girls were brutally repressed and could not assume public roles in Afghan society, undermining the development of the entire country. Our Committee will continue to leverage new and emerging technologies to follow social distancing guidelines and conduct our work remotely,” Maloney said.
Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Stephen F. Lynch released the following statement:
“After spending more than $1 billion to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls, it would be a stain on America’s moral conscience to let the Taliban reverse the gains women and girls have made in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.”
The Congressional Women’s Caucus sent a bipartisan letter urging Secretary Pompeo “to state that the U.S. strongly supports Afghan women’s rights and demand Afghan women have meaningful and full participation in the intra-Afghan peace talks.”
On January 28, 2020, the Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan. Despite a bipartisan request for a briefing, and a subsequent invitation to testify before the Subcommittee, the Departments of State and Defense refused to appear.
On May 20, 2019, Chairwoman Maloney sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing her concern that Afghan women were being excluded from peace negotiations.

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