NOW more than ever, your voice and your action can make
a crucial difference for the women of Afghanistan. Take these 3 easy
1. Call your Member of Congress. To find your
Representative, click on the link below. It will take you to a web page
for the House of Representatives. Once there, you can type in your zip
code and it will give you the name, address, phone number, and website
address for your Representative.
http://www.house.gov/writerep/ To find your Senator, click on the
link below. This will give you a list of all Senators, by state. Find
your state and click on the two Senators' names. This will take you to
their websites that contain their contact information.
2. Making the Phone
Call Feel free to use this sample phone script a as place to start. You
can change it to reflect your own beliefs and ideals.
Hello, my name is _____(insert your name)____
and I am calling from ___(name of your town)___ to let the
Representative (or Senator) know that I support the Access for Afghan
Women Act, H.R. 3342.
It is very important to me that women are at the
center of our development and nation-building policies in Afghanistan.
Women have faced horrendous conditions in Afghanistan but they have
also been leaders in this country. The United States should involve a
gender component in any and all bills that they pass.
Please send me some information on the
Representative's stance on women and development in Afghanistan. My
address is: ____________________.
Thank you for your time.
3. Write a letter to follow up on your call.
City, ST 00000
The Honorable ____________
The United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Representative/(Senator) ______________:
I am writing to urge you cosponsor the Access for
Afghan Women Act, H.R. 3342, that requires the White House and State
Department to make the restoration of women's human rights in
Afghanistan a priority goal for U.S. action in the country.
This bill instructs the U.S. to involve Afghan women
and women's organizations representing all ethnic groups in every
aspect of the peace process, design and establishment of a new
government in Afghanistan, and all reconstruction and development
Afghan women had human rights 10 years ago and it's
critical that the U.S. play a leadership role in restoring those
rights. And peace and reconstruction efforts will not succeed without
the full participation of more than half the Afghan population; women
represent 54 percent of the population after years of war and are more
supportive of peace and stability than any other single group in the
I urge you to support this important piece of
legislation. I look forward to hearing your views on this topic. Thank
you for your time and attention to this matter.