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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
Feminist Majority on what portion of appropriations fund for Afghanistan will go to women
>Thank Women in Congress for Urging More Funds for Afghan Women > >Nazoo Anna Education Center provides education for Afghan girls. >To secure more funds for Afghanistan's reconstruction overall and particularly for Afghan women, women members of the House and Senate last week pressed for several amendments to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill for Afghanistan and Iraq. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) won passage of an amendment that deignates that $60 million of Afghanistan reconstruction funds be devoted to programs for women and girls and that another $5 million be appropriated for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. Decrying the more than 30 violent attacks on girls' schools in Afghanistan, Maloney said, "Without human rights, the Afghan project and the efforts to create a constitution are seriously threatened. If we are to succeed in Afghanistan, these issues must be addressed." Having secured support from both Republican and Democratic leaders, Maloney's amendment passed on a voice vote. Because of the efforts of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Maloney's amendment now will be a part of the final appropriations package. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY), had filed an amendment increasing Afghanistan reconstruction funds to include $10 million for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and $25 million for the Ministry of Women's Affairs as well as funds for human rights and women's rights in Iraq. Rather than introducing her own amendment during the final hours of Senate debate on the appropriations package, Murray received a commitment that the Maloney amendment would be kept in conference. In the House, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced an amendment which would have moved $300 million from the $2.1 billion fund for Iraq oil into programs for women's rights and human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan. The amendment would have added $70 million more in desperately needed funds to Afghanistan. In her remarks, Jackson Lee expressed her deep concern over the small amount of money slated for Afghanistan in the supplemental request. Said Jackson Lee, "we continue to shortchange Afghanistan's reconstruction and security at the peril of jeopardizing the rights of Afghan women and girls and hopes for a peaceful, democratic Afghanistan." Unfortunately, Jackson-Lee's amendment failed by 156-271 votes. All three amendments would have appropriated funds previously authorized by the Afghan Freedom Support Act of 2002. Last year, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully amended the Afghan Freedom Support Act to include funding for women's programs and designated funds for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women's Affairs. Without this authorization, these amendments to improve funding for Afghan women's programs would not have made it to the floor. Please e-mail Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney and Sheila Jackson Lee and Senators Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Mary Landrieu, Barbara Mikulski, and Hillary Clinton. Thank them for their leadership in supporting women's rights and human rights in Afghanistan during Congressional deliberations over the emergency supplemental.
Posted By: mariam   October 27th 2003, 2003 12:44 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.