Nov. 15 - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sees ''turning point'' for women in Afghanistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she sees a "turning point" for women in Afghanistan today. Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington on Friday, Clinton told an audience that the gains made by women in Afghan society cannot be stripped away from away. "This is a serious turning point for all the people of Afghanistan, but in particular for the hard-fought gains women and girls have been able to enjoy," Clinton said. "They will not go back, they will not be forced back into their homes, denied education and health care, stripped away their rights to participate in the economic and political systems of their country." Clinton was convening a symposium on the progress made by women and girls in Afghanistan made over the past 10 years along with former First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State John Kerry. With U.S.-led troops set to pull out of Afghanistan in 2014, Secretary Kerry told his audience that the transition will be difficult but that there is also "a world of possibilities staring us in the face." He emphasized that helping women and girls advance in Afghan society allows all of Afghanistan to reap the benefits. "When Afghan women live longer and go to school in greater numbers," Kerry said, "all Afghan families and their communities will grow stronger. When Afghan women own their own businesses, all Afghans profit from a more diverse, dynamic and inclusive economy and when Afghan women hold public office in the local and national levels, all Afghans gain a stronger voice in their communities," Kerry said.