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    FET Supports International Women’s Day Celebration in Baghlan Province



    Courtesy Story

    1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade

    By: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class VeShannah J. Lovelace

    PUL-E KHOMRI, Afghanistan – In celebration of International Women’s Day, the female engagement team, comprised of soldiers from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Swedish and German soldiers from International Security Assistance Force Regional Command North, attended an event hosted by Baghlan Province’s Department of Women’s Affairs March 8.

    The celebration gathered together about 500 men and women who play important roles in women’s affairs in Baghlan province including high ranking officials from the government, Afghan National Security Forces and IASF to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

    The FET coordinator and RC-North gender advisor, Swedish Army Maj. Linda Johansson, said it was important for the FET to be present at the celebration “to show our support for the work we have established together with the head of women’s affairs and the provincial council members.”

    The FET has established a close working relationship with the provincial council members and the DOWA to enable government officials to better support and interact with the women of Baghlan province.

    The FET and DOWA are currently working together on four different missions, helping conduct projects that support women’s’ critical needs. “One project we are helping with is supporting them with the women’s market or garden, an area where women are allowed to sell hand crafts and receive education or health care,” said Johansson.

    “The FET identified the need for this project and a civil affairs team is working to employ the local population to complete it,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Rebecca M. Wagner, FET officer in charge, 4th CAB.

    RC-North is supporting this project economically and ensuring the local government is involved to provide security for the long term. Another project in the works includes cleaning the canals in Baghlan Province. RC-North is also helping them to establish a women’s museum that will be open to the public.

    “We are very happy about having representatives from RC-North [involved] because women’s issues concern everyone,” Johansson said.



    Date Taken: 03.08.2011
    Date Posted: 03.12.2011 05:32
    Story ID: 66929
    Location: PUL-E KHOMRI, AF

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