His Excellency Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib and Mrs. Lael Mohib hosted a gala dinner to honor the accomplishments of the alumnae and students of The Initiative. More than 150 supporters of women’s education in Afghanistan attended the dinner. Among them were high-level dignitaries including Dr. Mohammad H. Qayoumi, Chief Advisor on Infrastructure and Technology to President Ghani; Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA); Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI); Tina Tchen, Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff for First Lady Michelle Obama; and James Cunningham, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Mrs. Mohib welcomed those gathered with the words, “Tonight, we gather not only to celebrate these young women and recognize their own accomplishments, but also to recognize and celebrate the millions of Afghan women today who are pursuing an education, joining the workforce, and using their skills to contribute to a better future for Afghanistan.”
Ambassador Mohib delivered the keynote for the evening about the progress made in advancing women’s empowerment and education in Afghanistan and reaffirmed the National Unity Government’s commitment to overcoming the challenges that remain. He then invited Dr. Qayoumi to share a few words with the attendees. Dr. Qayoumi ended his speech with the inspirational words, “It is my hope that in my lifetime, I will see a woman President lead Afghanistan.”
Students pictured with Board Members Marti Boone, center, Latifa Woodhouse, right, and special guest Manal Omar, United States Institute of Peace
Mrs. Lael Mohib and Nadia Sakhi (Roger Williams 2010)
"It is my hope that in my lifetime, I will see a woman President lead Afghanistan."
– Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, Chief Advisor to President Ghani on Infrastructure and Technology