Feminist Majority

Tell Afghan Leaders: Sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

Afghanistan's grand council approved a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan post-2014. This agreement is essential to the well-being of Afghan women and children.

The BSA provides that the U.S. will continue to offer assistance to strengthen security, provide humanitarian aid, and support economic and civic development. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has indicated that he will not sign the BSA until after the April 2014 elections – a decision that could potentially disrupt the relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan and place Afghan women at grave risk.
Urge President Karzai to sign this agreement before the end of this year. Without this agreement, the tremendous gains made by Afghan women since the fall of the Taliban will be in jeopardy.