Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby returned from a bipartisan female Congressional Delegation (CODEL) Mother’s Day trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday. This was the seventh time she’s made the trip.
While there, Roby visited with U.S. service members, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Afghan women, military commanders, and Afghan leaders.
“It is a great privilege to travel to Afghanistan each year around Mother’s Day to spend time with our brave military men and women who are on the ground there,” said Roby. “This annual visit is very special to me, and it always serves as an important reminder that those who wear the uniform sacrifice so much, including being away from their families in harm’s way for months at a time, for the security of our nation.”
Roby has maintained her commitment to improving life for Afghanistan, and the women there, praising President Donald Trump‘s plan, announced in August of 2017, to increase troops in the country.
“I’ve said for years that the “canary in the coal mine” for our success in Afghanistan going forward will be the preservation of the gains by women and girls to attain human rights,” Roby wrote in an Op-ed.
“In recent years, Afghan women have experienced marked progress toward securing basic human rights, and they are also playing an increased role in the Afghan National Defense Security Forces,” Roby said. “I am always proud to be engaged in these issues to ensure that the people I represent are aware of the progress that has been made as well as the work that remains. We know that the success of Afghan women is an indication of the country’s success.”