SOUTHWEST ASIA – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) is currently flying back to Washington, D.C. from Southwest Asia where she had been on a four-day Congressional Delegation (CODEL) visit to the region to evaluate and promote the interests of Afghan women.
On a Mother’s Day weekend trip to the region, Roby joined a bi-partisan delegation of fellow female Members of Congress to observe U.S. military operations and evaluate the current status of Afghan women. Departing Kabul yesterday, Rep. Roby spoke directly to the women of Afghanistan.
"We are committed to supporting the gains made by Afghan women across this country,” Roby said. “We are deeply interested in their success and appreciated the opportunity to hear from them directly about their hopes and concerns for the future."
As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Rep. Roby recently convened a hearing on the future safety of Afghan women following the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Rep. Roby said then that, while women have made great strides since to now hold political office, serve in the military, and lead local businesses, many challenges still remain.
“I believe the treatment of Afghan women is an important bellwether as to whether we are winning the war in Afghanistan,” Roby said.
While on her visit to the region, Roby had the opportunity to visit with members of the Montgomery-based 908th Airlift Wing, which is currently deployed in theater. A photo of Rep. Roby with members of 908th is attached.