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CARE Hosts Global Leaders Network Reception, Honors Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

Photo credit: Jennifer Rowell/CARE
Photo credit: Jennifer Rowell/CARE

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017) – The global poverty-fighting organization CARE will host a reception this evening in the nation’s capital to honor the progress made toward girls’ education in Afghanistan, where CARE has worked since 1961. This event – the first in a series of quarterly Embassy-based receptions – is presented by the CARE Global Leaders Network, a strategic initiative aimed at supporting humanitarian and development aid through an active network of national security, business and military veteran leaders who support CARE’s work.

“Girls’ education is the cornerstone of our development progress,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “Since 1994, CARE has supported over 125,000 students in Afghanistan — two-thirds of them girls. CARE knows, when we invest in girls’ empowerment, we pave the way for equality, growth and prosperity.”

The event will bring together more than 100 attendees, including: members of Congress; Congressional staff; foreign dignitaries; international development experts; corporate partners; philanthropists; media and members of the national security, business and military veterans’ communities. Remarks will be offered by the following distinguished speakers:

  • H.E. Hamdullah Mohib – Afghanistan ambassador to the U.S.
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – Ranking Member on the Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee
  • Gen. Carter Ham – U.S. Army, Ret., former commander of USAFRICOM
  • Amb. Ryan Crocker – Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq

Notable attendees include: H.E. Kåre Aas, Norway ambassador to the U.S.; H.E. Vlora Çitaku, Kosovo ambassador to the U.S.; Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3); and Gen. John Campbell (USA, Ret.), previously the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army.

“The CARE Global Leaders Network supports America’s legacy of delivering humanitarian and development assistance to fight poverty, relieve suffering and promote human rights – ultimately enhancing our national security and global stability,” said Nunn.

Additional CARE Global Leaders Network events are scheduled for February 2018 at the Embassy of Finland and May 2018 at the Embassy of Canada. To learn more about the Global Leaders Network program, please visit: https://www.care.org/get-involved/care-global-leaders-network.

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. To learn more, please visit: www.care.org.

Media Contact
Nicole Ellis, +1-202-560-1791, nicole.ellis@care.org

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