Shirin Tahirkheli to Advise Rice on Muslim Women


Washington, DC: Shirin Tahirkheli has been appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her senior adviser on women’s empowerment, working with the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Karen Hughes.
Tahirkheli will focus especially on the Bush administration’s “multifaceted outreach to the women of the Muslim world,” an official announcement from the State Department said. “The empowerment of women is vital to the president’s agenda for promoting democracy and freedom. Strengthening the role of women and providing opportunities for them are important elements in economic development as well as social and political progress,” the announcement added.
Currently, Dr Tahirkheli is serving as Rice’s senior adviser on United Nations reform. Previously, she served as special assistant to the president and senior director for democracy, human rights and international operations at the National Security Council from 2003-2005. She was also a research professor and Founding Director of the South Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She served as head of the US delegation to the UNCHR in 2001 and alternate US representative to the UN for special political affairs (1990-1993).


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