Madeleine Albright Speaks Out Against the Taliban

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in an important show of solidarity with the international movement for women’s rights, spoke out against the Taliban’s treatment of women. Speaking at the California Governor’s Conference for Women, Ms. Albright pledged U.S. support for women and girls in Afghanistan stating that the rights of women must be included in U.S. foreign policy. She also responded to the claim by some that the treatment of women in Afghanistan is part of Afghan culture, stating, “I say it is criminal and we each have a responsibility to stop it.” Albright sent a clear message to the Taliban that the treatment of women is threatening U.S. and other international relations.


BBC - October 5, 1999

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