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3/20/2003 - US Raid in Afghanistan Coincides with Preemptive Strikes on Iraq
As the United States military launched preemptive strikes on Iraq last night, 1,000 soldiers from the Armys 82nd Airborne began a two-and-a-half day attack on three villages east of Kandahar near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border....

3/14/2003 - Afghanistan: Dire Conditions, Urgent Needs Still
At a two-day conference this week in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told international donors his countrys reconstruction may now cost as much as US$15 billion to US$20 billion, according to new estimates....

3/11/2003 - Security, Education Top Priorities for Afghan Women
Women participating in a videoconference today from Kabul, Afghanistan, listed security and education as the top two priorities for Afghan women, even as several local officials and a translator were killed in explosions in Kabul and Kandahar....

3/10/2003 - International Womens Day Brings Cries for Peace, Reproductive Health
Events celebrating International Womens Day on March 8 included rallies and marches for peace and a call for reproductive health funding....

3/10/2003 - US Ambassador Briefs NGOs at UN Commission on the Status of Women
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, briefed non-governmental organizations attending the Commissions 47th session last Thursday....

3/6/2003 - Afghanistan: Injustices Against Women and Girls Persist
Despite some measures of progress following the Talibans fall from power in late 2001, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer brutal acts of violence and inequality, according to a United Nations (UN) report released today....

3/4/2003 - Women Subjected to Forced Sterilizations in Slovakia
A new report reveals that Romani women in Eastern Slovakia have been subjected to undergo approximately 110 forced sterilizations in government healthcare facilities....

3/3/2003 - NGOs and Members of Congress Criticize Bushs AIDS Initiative
The Feminist Majority last week joined more than 130 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in writing a letter to President Bush stressing the importance of integrated family planning and HIV/AIDS education, Kaisernetwork.org reported....

2/27/2003 - Karzai Urges US to Remember Afghanistan
At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai testified on post-conflict Afghanistan....

2/20/2003 - Bushs Global Gag Rule Casts Shadow over HIV/AIDS Programs
In what seemed like a surprising turn of policy, President Bush announced recently that he would allow organizations that were banned from receiving US funding under the "global gag rule" to receive part of the $15 billion he has proposed to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean....

2/20/2003 - Asian Sex Trafficking Called Largest Slave Trade in History
A top UN official recently called the trafficking of women and children across Asia the largest slave trade in history....

2/13/2003 - Special Report: Democratic and Republican Senators, Afghan Ambassador Call for Peace Force Expansion
At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic and Republican Senators criticized the Bush Administration for "sugarcoating" the situation in Afghanistan and expressed grave concerns that the US is not providing adequate commitment, resources, and security support for Afghanistan....

2/11/2003 - Afghan Warlords Will Face International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch reports that Afghan warlords who commit atrocities in the future may face prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....

2/10/2003 - Womens Rights Activists Call for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Hundreds of womens rights activists and four First Ladies from Africa gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 5 to call for an end to the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)....

2/4/2003 - Afghanistan: Criticism Builds as Possible War with Iraq Looms
UN officials are growing increasingly concerned that a war with Iraq could have severe consequences on humanitarian efforts elsewhere, particularly in Afghanistan, Angola, and the Ivory Coast, reported the BBC....

1/30/2003 - Report: Females Suffer Higher Rates of HIV/AIDS in Zambia Than Males
A human rights report released earlier this week reveals that girls in Zambia are five times more likely to be infected with the HIV virus than their male counterparts as a result of widespread sexual abuse....

1/27/2003 - Afghanistan: Women Learn to Drive, US to Help Fund Maternal and Child Health Programs
Twelve women in Kabul took driving tests Saturday, marking the first time since 1992 women have been permitted to drive in Afghanistan....

1/24/2003 - U.S. Funding Cut Could Increase AIDS
Pacific Island countries are facing critical shortages of condoms, which could endanger the region's status as one of the places least affected by HIV/AIDS, the New Zealand Herald reports....

1/17/2003 - Afghan Women Face New Educational Restrictions
Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday reported that in Afghanistans Herat province, new restrictions on female education have been introduced, prohibiting men from teaching girls and women in private and imposing strict gender segregation in all schools....

1/16/2003 - Rape Used as Systematic Weapon of War in Sierra Leone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report today stating that all parties in Sierra Leones ten-year civil war committed systematic sexual violence....

1/13/2003 - Afghanistan Joins ICC, Stability Remains Key Concern
Afghanistan today announced its decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), signaling the governments increased efforts to weaken the power of feuding warlords, reported the Reuters English News Service....

1/9/2003 - US Delegation Announces Funds for Programs for Afghan Women
During a 2-day US delegation visit to Kabul this week, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J....

1/9/2003 - Polish Women Push For Loosening of Anti-Abortion Law
Polish womens groups on Tuesday demanded a loosening of the countrys anti-abortion law, marking the 10th anniversary of the legislation....

1/6/2003 - Deportation Stayed, African Immigrant Woman Avoids Possible Genital Mutilation
The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay last Friday to Philomena Nwaokolo, a Nigerian immigrant living in Dallas who argued that she and her 3-year-old daughter would face the tortures of female genital mutilation (FGM) if they were deported....

1/3/2003 - Afghan Women to Join Kabul Police Force, Country Still in Shambles
Afghan government officials on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of female cadets to the Kabul police academy, reported the Associated Press....