March 15, 2012

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., B.A. M.A. House of Commons,

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Dear Mr Harper,

On November 3, 2011 the National Council of Women of Canada [NCWC] wrote to applaud your Government’s strong voice in support of the equality and human rights for Afghani women at the Bonn Conference in December 2011.

We are happy with the role your Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird played in personally leading the Canadian delegation which met with the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the E.U. High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton.

We are especially pleased to learn that Mr Baird met with the Afghan Women’s Network to learn about their concerns and priorities prior to the Bonn Conference and that this contact will continue as a means to track their efforts.

In addition we are pleased that Canada funded the Afghani Women’s network attendance at the Conference through the Canadian International Development Agency.

NCWC urges your Government to continue its support of the equality and human rights of both women and girls throughout the world.

Sincerely,

Denise Mattok, President NCWC.

c.c The Hon. John Baird, P.C. M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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