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Sadiqa Basiri Saleem Recognized for Her Work Educating Afghan Women and Girls

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem (Mount Holyoke 2009), Co-Founder and CEO of the Oruj Institute of Higher Education and Executive Director at Oruj Learning Center has received numerous accolades for her work on behalf of Afghan Women and girls. Sadiqa began studying international relations as a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mount Holyoke College through the Initiative in 2005. Shortly before graduating, she was among six women - including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - honored by the Vital Voices Global Partnership. That same spring, she was awarded the prestigious Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. In 2010, Saleem received the “People’s Voice” Award from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Founda

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