Today, MFAN Partners ONE and Women Thrive Worldwide brought an important new voice into the development community’s White House petition drive:
Josh Lozman, December 15th 2009
Suraya Pakzad is the director of Voice of Women, an organization that seeks to lift women out of poverty in Herat, Afghanistan. She needs your support and she has a message for ONE members – please sign the White House petition!
When Americans think about Afghanistan, you think about more American troops and security,” she said. “But there is a lot more at stake in my country besides security: the lives of millions of children, women and men who need education, employment and good health. U.S. foreign aid has been investing in this, but it can do so much more if it is reformed so that assistance is smarter, more strategic and better coordinated. We need this in Afghanistan and around the world. Let your leaders know that you think that development is an important part of U.S. foreign policy. Please sign the petition today.”
Suraya’s pioneering work led her to be recognized as an International Woman of Courage by the U.S. State Department in 2008, and Time Magazine voted her one of its 100 “Heroes” for 2009. At great personal risk, she has become the most outspoken advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan. Suraya comes to the ONE blog by way of Women Thrive Worldwide, a U.S. coalition of 40 organizations and 40,000 individuals advocating for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty.