18.03.2010 -

The Director-General takes part in Conference about Educating and Empowering the Women and Girls of Afghanistan

© UNESCO/Susana Sam-VargasDirector-General with Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, at the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council Subcommittee Meeting on Education and Literacy for Afghan Women and Girls

On 19 March 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is addressing the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council Subcommittee Meeting on Education and Literacy for Afghan Women and Girls.

This meeting is part of a conference entitled “Educating and Empowering the Women and Girls of Afghanistan”, which is organized by the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and takes place at Southern Methodist University, Texas, United States.

Delivering her remarks at the opening session of the conference following former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, Irina Bokova will pay special tribute to Mrs Bush, who, over the past seven years, has been a loyal and unstinting ally to UNESCO in its efforts to bring literacy to women, particularly those in Afghanistan. 

The Director-General will attend the panel discussions, which are dedicated to ‘Primary and Secondary Education’, ‘Adult Literacy’ and ‘Higher Education’. Other participants include a number of representatives from the American and Afghan Governments, private corporations, foundations, IGOs, NGOs, and executive members of U.S.-Afghan Council, as well as Afghan students and educators.




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