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10/17/2003 - Women's Rights, Human Rights, and Afghan Groups Urge Increased Funding for Afghanistans Reconstruction and Security
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10/10/2003 - Womens Rights Groups Ask Congress To Increase Funding For Afghanistan
Leading women's rights, human rights, and Afghan groups sent a letter to Congress today urging an increase in funding to adequately meet Afghanistan's reconstruction needs....

10/8/2003 - Congresswoman Lee Declares
Last night on the House floor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) stated that the President's Emergency Supplemental shows that the United States has forgotten about the war on terrorism in Afghanistan....

10/7/2003 - GOP Proposes Only Additional $400 Million for Afghanistan
House Republicans called for a $1.7 billion cut in President Bush's emergency supplemental request for the reconstruction funding for Iraq and only a $400 million increase in reconstruction aid for Afghanistan....

10/1/2003 - Congresswoman Raises Concerns About Plight of Afghan Women
At yesterday's House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Emergency Supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) raised her concerns about the plight of women in Afghanistan....

9/26/2003 - Senator Raises Concerns That US Not Spending Enough In Afghanistan
At yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) raised concerns about the $20 billion for Iraq's reconstruction compared to the $800 million for Afghanistan's....

9/25/2003 - Woman on Iraqi Council Dies After Ambush
One of only three women on Iraq's Governing Council died five days after her car was ambushed in an assassination attempt Saturday morning....

9/24/2003 - Senator Raises Concerns For Women In Afghanistan
At today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) raised concerns about vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, including women....

9/22/2003 - Woman on Iraqi Council Critically Injured in Assassination Attempt
One of only three women on Iraq's Governing Council remains in critical condition after her car was ambushed by men with semiautomatic weapons in an assassination attempt Saturday morning....

9/10/2003 - Bush Requests Minimal Additional Funding for Afghan Reconstruction
While the Bush administration has requested an additional $66 billion to support its continuing military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has asked for only an additional $300 million for its reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, including roads, schools, health clinics, and local, small-scale projects....

9/2/2003 - Governing Council Appoints Only One Woman to New Iraqi Cabinet
The US backed Governing Council in Iraq appointed 25 new ministers on Monday....

8/26/2003 - Women's Groups Release Scorecard on Bush Administration
Three women's rights and health groups today commemorated Women's Equality Day by releasing a scorecard rating the Bush administration on global women's issues....

8/20/2003 - Afghanistan: Security and Rule of Law Failing Due to Lack of Funds
Amnesty International issued a report last week on the failure of donor countries in supporting efforts to reestablish the rule of law in Afghanistan....

7/31/2003 - Iraq: Appointment of Female Judge Blocked
The swearing-in of Najaf's first female judge has been indefinitely delayed after backlash from Islamic clerics and Iraqi lawyers....

7/21/2003 - Senate Committee Approves Funding Earmarks for Afghan Women
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved an $18.2 billion FY 2004 Foreign Operations package, which included $600 million for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan....

7/16/2003 - Law Enforcement Fails to Respond to Reports of Rape and Abduction in Iraq
Widespread reports of abduction and rape of women in Iraq have been met with disinterest from Iraqi and US authorities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports in a study released today....

7/14/2003 - Three Women Named to Iraq's Governing Council
A 25-member "governing council" made up of Iraqis that will share power with US occupation leaders was announced this weekend....

6/30/2003 - Women's Involvement Needed in Post-War Iraq
Zanib Salbi, founder and president of Women for Women International, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that with abductions of women on the rise in post-war Iraq, more needs to be done to be sure women are involved in the political process....

6/13/2003 - Women in Iraq Face Restrictions on Rights
Iraqi women are seeing their rights increasingly constrained by religious groups gaining increased power and the almost nonexistent security....

6/12/2003 - US Seeks Extension of Immunity from the ICC
Exacerbating an already deteriorating reputation in the international community, the United States this week resumed its call for extended immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC)....

5/12/2003 - Crime Overruns Baghdad as Iraq Reconstruction Team Revamped
After only three weeks heading the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Lieutenant General Jay Garner and other top officials were recently removed from duty....

5/7/2003 - Security in Afghanistan "Unstable and Insufficient"
At United Nations Security Council briefing yesterday, Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi called the security situation in Afghanistan "unstable and insufficient." Brahimi called for the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul to the rest of Afghanistan in order to support the development of a new constitution, voter registration, and the 2004 elections....

5/7/2003 - Report, Bill Focus on Violence Against Women in Combat Areas
A new report by Save the Children ranks Afghanistan as the third worst combat area for families....

5/6/2003 - Progress, Obstacles for Iranian Women
Two new reports reveal the changing attitudes toward family planning and reproductive health in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, as well as the changing conditions for women....

4/30/2003 - Iraq Rebuilding Process Must Include Women
Nearly 300 prominent Iraqis selected by the US military met in Iraq on Monday....