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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Remembering Drucilla Cortell Gensler: Kabul Commons Project Update

Progress report on The Initiative’s tree planting in Kabul received at Board of Directors meeting in Rhode Island NARRAGANSETT, RI - JULY 19, 2018 - The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women welcomed Dr. Mariam Raqib to the July meeting of its Board of Directors and Advisory Board hosted by Board Chair Priscilla Wong. Dr. Raqib, Founder and Executive Director of Samsortya Afghanistan, a small, grassroots organization dedicated to the greening of Afghanistan, was present to update The Initiative on development of the Kabul Commons Project, which includes the planting of 99 fruit trees – one for each alumna and student of The Initiative – in special tribute to the memory of Drue Gensler from our

Leadership Academy 2018 Highlight: Meeting with Ambassador Wells

A highlight of Leadership Academy 2018 was our students’ meeting with Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the United States Department of State. The Initiative's annual weeklong Leadership Academy in Washington, DC is a capstone experience of workshops inspired by The Initiative’s mission and core values led by nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields. As in years past, students this year had the opportunity to interact with leading US academics, journalists, policy- and lawmakers. Before she assumed her duties as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South

Adela Raz Joins First Lady Ghani in Liverpool to Discuss Challenges Faced by Afghan Businesswomen

Arancha González, Executive Director of International Trade Center, left, with Her Excellency First Lady Rula Ghani of Afghanistan at the 2018 #SheTrades Global International Business Festival in Liverpool, UK LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - July 7, 2018 - Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation, Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School 2010), joined First Lady Rula Ghani and a group of Afghan women entrepreneurs at the #SheTrades Global, 2018 International Business Festival in Liverpool, United Kingdom, where First Lady Ghani discussed the support her office provides to empower Afghan women entrepreneurs through the establishment of the Afghan Women Chamber of Comm

The Initiative Supports Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program Partner, Teach For Afghanistan

The Initiative is a proud supporter of Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program partner, Teach for Afghanistan's Global Giving crowdfunding campaign! Teach for Afghanistan's mission is to create a movement of collective leadership by empowering young Afghan men and women in the most under-resourced schools to ensure all Afghan children have the opportunity to reach their highest potential. Teach for Afghanistan provides an opportunity to Afghanistan's most promising university graduates, including students and alumnae of The Initiative, to support or serve as full-time teachers to children in the country's most under-resourced schools. Both the internship and fellowship journey develop leade

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