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Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Issue Statement on Afghanistan, Outline Concerns for Women and Girls

August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Co-Chairs Reps. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) today released the following statement regarding the collapse of Afghanistan’s government:

“The past several weeks we have watched, heartbroken and frustrated, as the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan. We must evaluate how this happened and the foreign policy implications of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. However, in this moment our primary focus must be safely evacuating US citizens, our Afghan partners and allies, and quickly processing Special Immigrant Visa applications for those who have served alongside our armed women and men.

Fundamentally, we are deeply concerned for the safety and futures of Afghan women and girls. Under previous Taliban rule, women were prevented from leaving their homes without male chaperones, from receiving an education, and even from receiving healthcare from male providers. We have worked to ensure that Afghan women and girls have rights to education, work, and protections from violence, and we must protect these rights and ensure that there is a place for women and girls in Afghan society and government.”