U.S. Launches Push for Afghan Women
The U.S. aims to launch a $20 million program to boost the role of women in Afghan society. Called Promote, the program will be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It is the largest gender-focused investment the agency has funded in any country, and it will seek to counteract the potential worsening of women’s status in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal. Australia, Britain, Japan, and the European Union have also expressed interest in helping out, which could bring funds for the project to $416 million. Ideally Promote would help young women between 18 and 30 build skills for jobs, fostering female entrepreneurs and providing training for women who want to work in government.