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Najia Nasim Helps Children Find an Alternative to Prison

Najia Nasim (Bucknell 2013), Country Manager for Women for Afghan Women, and her work with the children of women imprisoned at the Pul-e-Charki facility in Kabul were featured in the December 30, 2017 New York Times article, Some Afghan Children Find an Alternative to Jail — for Now by Rod Nordland. Najia visits the facility on a regular basis to find children eligible to be freed from prison and cared for at the Children's Support Center in Kabul, one of four orphanages run by Women for Afghan Women and financed by the United States government. These children are imprisoned with their mothers because no one else in their family is willing or able to care for them. Only children older than 5

Marzia Nawrozi Completes Master’s Degree at George Mason University

Marzia Nawrozi (Meredith 2013) graduated from George Mason University today with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. Shortly before graduation, she shared her story online with George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In her interview, Marzia described her journey to George Mason University, why she chose her course of study and what she took away from her time at Mason. Through her graduate studies, Marzia broadened and deepened her knowledge of women and gender as well as social justice and human rights issues around the world as she perfected her academic research and writing skills. For her final rese

Adela Raz Attends 7th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process

Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister of Economic Affairs of Afghanistan, attended the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, “Security and Economic Connectivity towards a Strengthened Heart of Asia Region” in Baku, Azerbaijan last week. The purpose of the conference, attended by high-level delegations from supporting countries, regional and international organizations, is to provide a platform to explore collective approaches for advancing regional security and economic cooperation. Specifically addressed were the challenges of terrorism, radicalism and criminality as well as ways to disrupt all financial, tactical and logi

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