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5/14/2004 - Security Is Main Concern in Afghanistan
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Afghanistan on Wednesday, several witnesses asserted that security is the main concern in Afghanistan....

5/12/2004 - New Iraqi Electoral Commission Does Not Set Aside Seats for Women
On April 21 the Iraqi Governing Council agreed to establish an Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq....

4/6/2004 - More Afghan Women Registering to Vote; Registration Remains Low
A United Nations spokesperson has reported that the number of women registering for Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased in the last two weeks....

4/1/2004 - Donor Countries Pledge Insufficient Funds for Afghanistan
The United Nations and the Afghan government recently warned that Afghanistan needs $27 billion over the next seven years to avoid going back to a state of chaos and lawlessness....

3/29/2004 - Afghanistan's Elections Postponed Because of Security Concerns
The first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan, which were scheduled to take place in June, have been postponed until September....

3/17/2004 - Over 40 Percent of Jordanian Women Suffer Abuse
According to a recent United Nations report, 42 percent of Jordanian women suffer physical abuse and continue to face discrimination in economic and political spheres....

2/27/2004 - Security Concerns May Delay Afghan Elections, US May Arm Militias
Elections in Afghanistan that were planned for June may be postponed due to increased security threats....

2/25/2004 - Leadership Choices:Win a Seat at the Table
Gender affects public opinion, decision-making, voting behavior, and political involvement at all levels national, local and on campuses....

1/16/2004 - Security Imperils Voter Registration, Women Make Up 22% of Voters
The number of women registering to vote in Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased....

1/9/2004 - Malaysia: Women's Work Clothing Restricted
The Islamic government in Malaysia's city of Kuala Terengganu has banned non-Muslim women from wearing mini-skirts, tight fitting dresses, and even moderately revealing clothes such as short-sleeved shirts and tight jeans to work....

1/8/2004 - Iraqi Women Council Members and Officers Face Discrimination
Iraqi women continue to face discrimination in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq....

12/18/2003 - UN Envoy, NATO Commander Condemn Inaction on Afghan Peace Troop Expansion
Both UN special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi and NATO Chief George Robertson have warned that the consequences to Afghanistan's future will be disastrous if the international community does not immediately provide the resources and personnel to expand international peacekeeping forces throughout the country. The UN Security Council, NATO, and even the United States - which had been the primary obstacle to peace troop expansion - finally agreed a few months ago to support the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....

12/5/2003 - Afghanistan Prepares to Debate Constitution; Women's Rights Lacking
This week, delegates from all of Afghanistan's 32 provinces are voting to select the 500 members of the loya jirga (general assembly) that will debate the country's draft constitution....

11/18/2003 - UN Aid Worker Slain in Afghanistan; Women Candidates Threatened
A United Nations aid worker was killed on Sunday in Ghazni by two men whom authorities believe are Taliban rebels....

10/27/2003 - Group Urges Priority for Women's and Human Rights in Afghan Constitution
A leading human rights organization is urging that Afghanistan's new constitution include support for women's and human rights....

10/24/2003 - Rwanda Tops Sweden With Highest Proportion of Female Members of Parliament
After elections held earlier this month, Rwanda achieved the highest proportion of female parliamentarians in the world....

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....

9/10/2003 - 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....

8/26/2003 - Bush Administration's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality on Global Women's Rights Issues

Lack of Funding, Security Result in "F" Grade on Afghanistan Inaction Causes "Incomplete" Grade on CEDAW Ratification
WASHINGTON, D.C....

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....

8/15/2003 - Over 50 People Killed in Afghanistan; UN Envoy Urges the ISAF Expansion
Afghanistan this week has experienced its most violent 24-hour period in nearly a year....

8/1/2003 - UN: Security in Afghanistan Unstable
In a report released yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the security situation in Afghanistan unstable....

7/29/2003 - Report: Afghan Warlords Threaten 2004 Elections
A new report issued by a leading human rights organizations warns that continuing instability and control of Afghanistan by warlords could threaten political participation, particularly by women....

7/24/2003 - Kuwaiti Women Still Have No Say in Parliamentary Elections
The Kuwaiti Journalist Association held a mock parliamentary election for the women of Kuwait in early July, timed to coincide with the country's real parliamentary elections....