14th December 2010
During a visit to Abuja, Nigeria, Ann Pettifor met up with Mrs Hayija Amina Az Zubair – Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs. She was delighted to find that funds freed up as a result of Nigeria’s 2005 debt relief negotiations, are used to fund pro-poor projects, and in particular Nigeria’s new Midwives Services Scheme.
Advocacy International’s Maz Kessler and
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Ann Pettifor and Georgia Lee were honoured to organise the visit to London last week of the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Afghan Government, Dr Husn Banu Ghazanfar.
The Hon. Minister was in London to brief the media, British Government Ministers and Shadow Cabinet members of the achievements of her Ministry for Women’s Affairs in Kabul, and of the Ministry’s priorities and challenges. Dr. Ghazanfar is proud of the 37% increase in girls attending school since her Ministry was formed in 2001, and of the 25% ratio of women in the Afghan Parliament – higher than in Britain, where women make up 22% of the UK Parliament.
The Minister gave a series of media interviews; had meetings with British Government Ministers, as well as members of the Shadow Cabinet, and made presentations to a range of think-tanks, including Chatham House and Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford.
Homa Khaleeli of the Guardian drew on Minister Ghazanfar’s statements in her comprehensive article ‘Afghan women fear for the future’ published on Friday 4th February.
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