The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council is a public-private partnership, created in 2002 by Presidents George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai, and homed at Georgetown University. It connects 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 U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) is a public-private partnership based at Georgetown University. The USAWC was founded in 2002. 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.

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.

Council members are leaders in government, the private sector, and philanthropy who spearhead initiatives to advance opportunities for Afghan women and girls in the areas of literacy and education, entrepreneurship, political leadership, and health care. The Council also partners with a broad network of affinity groups around areas for collaboration.Download PDF of brochure.

Remarks at the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon


Examples of Council projects include:

  • Supporting the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development at the American University of Afghanistan;
  • Constructing a learning center for disadvantaged children in Bamyan;
  • Building the capacity of women-led NGOs, providing rights and legal awareness training, and supporting legal services for women;
  • Providing skills training, literacy, and health care to women and families in the hand-woven carpet industry;
  • Promoting Afghan women entrepreneurs through business training and mentoring;
  • Training health care workers and midwives;
  • Establishing a burn center to treat victims and provide reconstructive surgery;
  • Providing leadership training for Afghan women.
     Download Initiatives and Activities document.


Partners and Sponsors

U.S. Department of State
The Abbott Fund
Geraldine P. Waldorf Fund
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative


Remarks by His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at Georgetown University on January 11, 2012

President John J. DeGioia Celebrates 10 Years of U.S.-Afghan Women's Council
“Georgetown University has been deeply engaged in the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council since its founding,” DeGioia said. “As we mark the 10-year anniversary of the council, we will continue to expand on this decade of dedicated work, deepening our commitment to creating broader opportunities for Afghan women and children.”
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How you can get involved

  • We invite you to browse through the links to Council projects, below, and to consider donating your time, talent, or resources directly to them.
  • Be a trainer or a mentor – share your professional expertise with Afghan women counterparts. Contact us for further information.
  • We welcome opportunities to speak to school groups, clubs, and community organizations about the Council’s work, and to explore how your group can make a difference.

Links to Council Projects and Partners

10,000 Women
The Abbott Fund
Afghan Women Leaders Connect
Aschiana Foundation
Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington, DC
Grossman Burn Foundation
Project Artemis
kate spade new York and women for women international 
Lamia Afghan Foundation 
Sozo International
The American University of Afghanistan
The Ayenda Foundation
The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
The International School of Kabul
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Department of State

Contact Us

Lauren Lovelace
Executive Director, U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
3300 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington DC 20057
Tel. (202) 687-5095