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Washington–Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) at a briefing by representatives from the State Department and USAID on the status of Afghan women and girls nearly one year since the United States withdrew from Afghanistan. 

“Women and girls in Afghanistan have suffered setback after setback since the Taliban reasserted control in the country. I appreciate the focus that the Biden administration is putting on this issue and I support doing everything we can to help Afghanistan’s most vulnerable and oppressed, including women and girls,” said Senator Feinstein. 

“Over the last year, we’ve tragically seen a reversal in women’s rights that many of us predicted would happen under Taliban rule. While our military mission in Afghanistan ended, our humanitarian mission continues, and that must have a focus on Afghan women and girls who are among the most vulnerable,” said Senator Shaheen. “I appreciated the Biden administration’s briefing, which was held at our request, to ensure Congress is continuously apprised of the latest information on conditions on the ground and U.S. efforts to address women’s rights and safety in order to best inform our policies and coordinated work with our partners and international coalitions. Nearly a year since U.S. withdrawal, it’s critical to continue to raise the plight of Afghan women and girls to remind the world of these courageous women and ensure they are not forgotten. I’ll continue to do everything in my power in the U.S. Senate to elevate their voices and prioritize policies that support Afghan women.” 

“The update provided by the State Department and USAID was informative, but painted a grim picture of the way forward for Afghan women in the near and medium term. I fear Afghan women and girls are suffering without significant reprisal from the United States or international community,” said Senator Ernst. “I will continue working to ensure Afghan women and girls are not forgotten, and the Taliban’s abusive practices are not normalized, here or abroad.” 

“Over the past two decades, Afghan women fought hard to secure fundamental rights and freedoms, and now the Taliban are sadly stripping them away,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am thankful for the Biden administration’s briefing and commitment to humanitarian support for women in Afghanistan. We must continue to elevate the strife of Afghan women, stand united against the assault on women’s rights, and work with our international partners to support a future rooted in equality for the Afghan people.”