Our alumnae, students and volunteers are making The Initiative's vision of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan a reality by making positive and lasting changes in Afghanistan.


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Nadia Sakhi Attends US-Afghan Women’s Council Annual Meeting

Nadia Sakhi (Roger Williams 2010) was invited to attend the annual meeting of the US-Afghan Women’s Council (US-AWC) at Georgetown University in March 2017. During the open session with US-AWC Honorary Co-Chairs, First Lady Laura Bush and Her Excellency First Lady Rula Ghani of Afghanistan, Nadia shared her journey with The Initiative and her perspective on the Council’s priorities for Afghan women and girls. After thanking The Initiative and founder Paula Nirschel for her educational opportunity, Nadia described her return to Afghanistan after graduation to work on women’s rights advocacy and vocational training at the Women Activities and Social Services Association as well as her work l

Hajar Hussaini and Eleanor Dubinsky Debut Song at Rockwood Music Hall

Hajar Hussaini (Russell Sage 2019) and New York City-based composer and performer Eleanor Dubinsky debuted their songwriting collaboration The Station at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on January 29, 2015. Hajar and Eleanor began their two-month collaboration shortly after their first encounter at the New York City Poets House where Hajar had been invited to read her poetry. Hajar’s January 2015 collaboration with Eleanor was most recent in a series of artistic accomplishments since her arrival in the United States just six months before. Hajar, a Writing and Contemporary Thought major at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, has had several of her works published by the Afghan Women

Danish Embassy Reception for Students and Alumnae of The Initiative

The Embassy of Denmark co-hosted an International Women's History Month celebration of the alumnae and students of The Initiative. Ambassador Lars Gert Lose and Mrs. Ulla Rønberg reminded guests of Denmark's generous support of the women and men of Afghanistan and honored Ambassador Hamdullah and Mrs. Lael Mohib for their steadfast support of The Initiative. The Initiative is indebted to host committee co-chairs, Christine Warnke and John McCarthy, for making the evening possible; to members and partners of the US-Afghan Women's Council; keynote speakers Lael Mohib, Wazhma Furmuli (Randolph College 2010), and Lyric Winik, collaborator with First Lady Laura Bush on We Are Afghan Women: Voices

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