Nadia Sakhi (Roger Williams 2010) was invited to attend the annual meeting of the US-Afghan Women’s Council (US-AWC) at Georgetown University in March 2017. During the open session with US-AWC Honorary Co-Chairs, First Lady Laura Bush and Her Excellency First Lady Rula Ghani of Afghanistan, Nadia shared her journey with The Initiative and her perspective on the Council’s priorities for Afghan women and girls.
After thanking The Initiative and founder Paula Nirschel for her educational opportunity, Nadia described her return to Afghanistan after graduation to work on women’s rights advocacy and vocational training at the Women Activities and Social Services Association as well as her work leading large scale projects supporting women’s health and hygiene, encouraging youth participation in local government, and helping women understand and exercise their voting rights in five provinces across Western Afghanistan at USAID and Development Alternative.
Nadia reminded the Council that its priorities could not be discussed without addressing the issue of security, saying, “We must realistically consider the issue of security when setting goals and expectations of our priorities in Afghanistan.” Nadia attributed her recent return to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in international public policy to the withdrawal of international NGO’s in Western Afghanistan due to security concerns. After finishing her graduate degree, Nadia plans to return to Afghanistan to continue her work influencing public policy and legislation to support women’s rights and equal access to education.
“We must realistically consider the issue of security when setting goals and expectations
of our priorities in Afghanistan.”
– Nadia Sakhi (Roger Williams 2010)