The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) was founded in 2002 as a public-private partnership and we are currently based at Georgetown University. The Council is co-chaired by the President of Georgetown University and the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and by the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Afghan Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs. Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton serve together as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the USAWC.
At the USAWC we connect the U.S. and Afghan governments, the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations to develop and implement initiatives in support of Afghan women and children. The Council uses its network to identify needs in Afghanistan, to convene interested partners to develop proposals, and to help broker connections for implementation. The Council also organizes training programs and capacity-building consultations for Afghan women traveling to the United States.