The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women honored Dr. Phyllis Magrab at its second annual Afghan Dinner and Awards event on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event was co-hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Hambdullah and Lael Mohib and took place at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In attendance were members of The Initiative’s community of academic and philanthropic partners, alumnae, students and volunteers. The evening was made possible by Host Committee chair, Dr. Christine Warnke, and event sponsors, Shahin Mafi, Chemonics, and The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Legacy Circle member, Tooey Cameron.
Dr. Phyllis Magrab is a well-known pediatric psychologist and Director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), which brings together policy, research, and clinical practice for the betterment of children, youth and their families, especially those with special needs. For over forty years, Dr. Magrab has provided service, conducted research, shaped policy, and trained future professionals on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. She has extensive international experience related to developing services and policies for children, especially children with special need. Currently, among her many international activities, Dr. Magrab is a consultant to UNESCO and holds a UNESCO Chair; serves as the Vice-Chair of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, a public private partnership to advance the status of women and children in Afghanistan.
“Over the past three years, in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, Dr. Magrab has helped shape The Initiative’s mission as well as the services and programs we offer to the future women leaders of Afghanistan,” said Execuitve Director Christian Wistehuff in his introductory remarks. He added that as Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, “Dr. Magrab has not only hosted Intersession classes and workshops, she has been the inspiration behind reimagining the program as a veritable leadership academy.”
"Dr. Magrab has helped shape The Initiative’s mission as well as the services and programs we offer to the future women leaders of Afghanistan. [She] has been the inspiration behind reimagining Intersession as a veritable Leadership Academy.”
- Christian Wistehuff, Executive Director