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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Deputy Foreign Minister of Economic Affairs Hosts Chamber President

Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 and Tufts Fletcher School 2010), Afghanistan’s recently appointed Deputy Foreign Minister of Economic Affairs, held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry of Economic Affairs earlier this year with Ms. Manizha Wafeq, the dynamic young President of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Adela pledged her support for the work of Afghanistan businesswomen, stressing the need for businesswomen to explore new areas of business as well as the marketing and sale of products outside Afghanistan. In related news, thanks in part to Adela’s efforts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India recently inaugurated a cargo transit route to Afghanistan via Iran, maki

Dr. Phyllis Magrab Honored at The Initiative's Second Annual Awards Dinner

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women honored Dr. Phyllis Magrab at its second annual Afghan Dinner and Awards event on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event was co-hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Hambdullah and Lael Mohib and took place at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In attendance were members of The Initiative’s community of academic and philanthropic partners, alumnae, students and volunteers. The evening was made possible by Host Committee chair, Dr. Christine Warnke, and event sponsors, Shahin Mafi, Chemonics, and The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Legacy Circle member, Tooey Cameron. Dr. Phyllis Magrab is a well-known pediatric psychologist and Director of

The Initiative Congratulations Recent Graduates!

We are very proud to announce students who completed their undergraduate studies! The Initiative would like to congratulate these young women for their hard work and academic achievements; and would like to thank Initiative donors and partner universities that gave these young women the opportunity to excel in their undergraduate education! Wasima Shinwari (Russell Sage 2016) graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biology. She is currently at Weil Cornell Medicine in New York, NY where she researches mycobacterium tuberculosis and mycobacterium smegmatis to discover new treatments for tuberculosis. Wasima also continues her work on the Speech Therapy Project of Afghanistan, an initiative

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