Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he will be naming a senior official to focus on efforts to support Afghan women.
"With regard to women and girls in particular, given the incredible fragility of the situation that they're now in, I will be naming a senior official here at the State Department to focus entirely on the ongoing effort from both from the United States government and in coordination with other countries to support them," Blinken said during a congressional hearing about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
During the hearing, Blinken discussed the progress made by Afghan women over the years and how the US is committed to continuing to help through other humanitarian and diplomatic efforts.
"One of the truly great achievements was the progress made by women and girls in particular in Afghanistan and one of the things that we should be proud of is the support, the leading support that we gave to that when it comes to access of education, health care, to the work force, entrepreneurship, those gains were significant. And we were the leading contributor," Blinken said.
The secretary of state also noted that when he was in Kabul in April, he saw and spoke with women who were able to rise to positions of leadership within parliament, the media and in NGO's who also expressed their concerns about Afghanistan's future.
Blinken said that those concerns were reiterated to him by refugees and evacuees he recently spoke to in Doha, Qatar, and at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
"I spoke to a lot of women and girls and heard their deep concerns about the future, as well as people who were still in Afghanistan," he said. "And so, we have an ongoing commitment to use every tool at our disposal, through our diplomacy, through our economic assistance, humanitarian assistance, programmatic assistance, to do whatever we can to continue in coordination with many other countries to support women and girls and minorities in Afghanistan. The assistance that we announced today will go in that direction. The assistance we'll provide going forward will do that."