U.S. launches new platform to engage Afghan women, activists 


KABUL: The U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the launch of a new mechanism in support of Afghan women in Afghanistan. 
USIP, the Atlantic Council, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Sisterhood is Global Institute and the U.S Department of State joined to launch the U.S.-Afghan Consultative Mechanism (USACM). 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken provided remarks, and U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights Rina Amiri moderated a discussion with representatives of the USACM platform.
Since the Taliban takeover last August, the human rights of Afghan women, girls, journalists and at-risk ethnic and religious communities have rapidly eroded. 
Comprised of a diverse set of representatives from various Afghan women’s coalitions, as well as civil society leaders, journalists, academics and religious scholars from inside and outside Afghanistan, the USACM will facilitate regular engagement with the U.S. government on issues ranging from human rights documentation to women in Islam.