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The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Announces Partners, Dates for Leadership Academy 2018

United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to host students for annual leadership training in Washington, DC. PROVIDENCE, RI, Saturday, March 31, 2018 - The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is pleased to announce that it will partner again this year with the United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to deliver Leadership Academy 2018 to the Afghan women scholars in its US Undergraduate Program. Students from nine partner colleges and universities will gather in Washington, DC for Leadership Academy from May 13 - 18, 2018. Leadership Academy Students’ undergraduate education and su

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Expands Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program Again This Y

Students may choose from among ten new employers partnering with The Initiative to provide summer internship opportunities in Afghanistan. PROVIDENCE, RI, Saturday, March 24, 2018 - The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is pleased to announce that ten new partners have joined a growing list of organizations eager to employ students of its US Undergraduate Program as part of its Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program. Sixteen top international and local Afghan NGOs remain on its returning active opportunities list. “We are very grateful to our US and Afghanistan based Advisory Board members and friends who helped connect The Initiative and its students to these opportunities,” said Executi

Alumnae Speak on Two Panels at Feminist Majority Foundation Leadership Conference

Three alumnae of The Initiative spoke on two panels discussing women's and girls’ activism and empowerment. WASHINGTON, DC, March 17 - 19, 2018 - Three alumnae of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women presented on two panels at the 14th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference of the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine. The annual conference provides young activists from around the world with opportunities to network, grow their knowledge on pertinent domestic and global feminist issues, and fine-tune their organizing methodology. Marzia Nawrozi (Meredith College 2013), Feminist Majority Foundation’s Advocate for Afghan Women and Girls, organized and moderated both pan

The Initiative Receives GuideStar Gold Seal

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women was recently recognized for its transparency with a Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the Gold Seal, The Initiative shared important information with the public using our profile on Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out our GuideStar

Adela Raz and The New Generation of Afghan Women Leaders Delegation

Video courtesy Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 2010), Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined a delegation of eight high-ranking Afghan women officials in a visit to Washington DC. The delegation, hosted by the Embassy of Afghanistan from February 12-16, 2018, met with US government officials and Members of Congress, policy makers, NGOs and the media to discuss progress and challenges in government and fiscal reforms, women’s equality, peacebuilding efforts and foreign relations. One of the first events on the delegation’s busy schedule was an event at the Brookings Ins

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Kicks Off 15th Year This Fall

Organization celebrates 15 years of education, leadership and change - and three new major milestones. PROVIDENCE, RI, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - This fall, the Initiative will celebrate 15th years of education, leadership and change! The Initiative’s work started in August of 2003, when our first three students arrived to begin their undergraduate studies at Roger Williams College. During our 15th year celebrations, which begin fall term 2018, we will commemorate the many outstanding achievements of our first fourteen years as we look forward to the launch of three major organizational milestones planned for our 15th year. Click on the timeline below for a Brief History of The Initiative! Thr

Volunteer Profile: Latifa Yusufi Woodhouse, Blazing the Trail for Afghan Women

Board of Directors member, New Student Orientation teacher and host, Leadership Academy faculty member, and beloved khale to everyone at The Initiative, Latifa Yusufi Woodhouse has been blazing the trail for Afghan women - and Afghan women’s equal rights and education - since not long after her birth in Kandahar, Afghanistan on October 29, 1952. With her father and mother’s love and great support, despite prevailing cultural norms to the contrary, Latifa was allowed to continue her education and to attend Kabul University, where she finished her degree in two years in stead of four. Strong, educated women had been her role model at home. “As a young girl, I knew that having a good education

Sapida Barmaki Named to Dean's List

Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State University 2019), junior honors student of Political Science and Public Administration at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 academic term by Robert Friedman, PhD, dean of Montclair State University's college of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sapida is a graduate of Tajrubawy High School in her hometown of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. After high school, Sapida worked as an English teacher at the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, the Social and Educational Services Organization and the Reshad Institute. Sapida was encouraged by her parents to study in the US because of its embrace

Belquis Ahmadi Publishes Peace Brief on "Redefining Masculinity in Afghanistan"

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women (The Initiative) Advisory Board member and volunteer Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer, with her colleague Rafiullah Stanikzai, Senior Project Officer, at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) earlier this month published a white paper - USIP Peace Brief 243 - entitled, Redefining Masculinity in Afghanistan. Peace Brief 243 summarizes the initial findings of a USIP Asia Center pilot project designed to assess the impact of war and violent conflict on two generations of young Afghan men. Also summarized in the white paper are initial findings regarding the effect of initiatives to teach Afghan men tolerance, peaceful masculinity, as well as ba

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