All 24 American female Senators called on President Joe Biden to protect the women and girls in Afghanistan.
“In the wake of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, we write to urge your Administration to develop an interagency plan to preserve the political, economic, social, and basic human rights of Afghan women and girls,” the female Senators said in a letter to Biden.
The letter further states that “Last year an estimated 3.5 million girls were in school, with 100,000 women enrolled in public and private universities. Women also began to succeed in business and government…However, lacking a legitimate Afghan government and military forces to protect them, women and girls are now suffering the predations of a Taliban regime with a track record of brutalizing, isolating, and denying them life and liberty.”
“You have committed to press the Taliban to uphold the rights of women and girls, and you have stated that America will maintain an enduring partnership with the people of Afghanistan resisting Taliban rule. We will advise, support, and enable those efforts through legislation and engagement with your Administration. Afghan women and girls need our action now,” the female Senators added.
The letter is signed by every sitting female U.S. Senator, including Joni Ernst, Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins, Jeanne Shaheen, Marsha Blackburn, Patty Murray, Shelley Moore Capito, Amy Klobuchar, Lisa Murkowski, Mazie Hirono, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Tammy Duckworth, Deb Fischer, Maggie Hassan, Cynthia Lummis, Kyrsten Sinema, Tina Smith, Tammy Baldwin, Jacky Rosen, Maria Cantwell, Debbie Stabenow, Catherine Cortez Masto, Kirsten Gillibrand. and Elizabeth Warren.