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Statements 2012

Recent Incidents of Violence against Women in Afghanistan

12, 2012

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON

The United States joins the government of Afghanistan in strongly condemning the murder of Najia Sediqi, who was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday morning.  As Acting Director of Provincial Women's Affairs, Najia was one of the many Afghan women who dedicate themselves every single day toward building a brighter future for the people of Afghanistan.  The United States will continue to stand side-by-side with women who are carrying on Najia's fight, the Afghan government and all Afghan people to ensure that the hard-won gains made by women in the recent years are protected and advanced.  Senseless violence like this will only threaten the potential for peace.  Our thoughts are with Najia’s family during this difficult time.