Congresswoman Niki Tsongas spoke today on the House Floor about the importance of protecting the progress that has been made for women in Afghanistan. Congresswoman Tsongas spoke in support of bipartisan Senate language authored by Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. that was added to the Senate version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization bill (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes funding and sets policy for the Department of Defense.
On Monday, the challenges facing women in Afghanistan who are taking on greater and more public roles and responsibilities was highlighted by the assassination of Najia Sediqi, the acting head of women’s affairs in an eastern Afghan province.
“This week we were reminded of the tenuous position of women in Afghanistan when the acting head of women’s affairs in an eastern province was assassinated as she traveled to work,”said Congresswoman Tsongas. “Such cowardly acts make it clear that the US must put in place a legitimate plan to support Afghan women and not let the progress they have made since 2001 go to waste.”