Women play a vital role in the success and prosperity of every nation, yet in many parts of the world women and girls are illiterate and denied basic human rights.

Improving the lives of women and girls with education and economic opportunity provides the fastest way to growing a nation’s economy, raising living standards, and promoting peace.  The Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute works within the Institute’s areas of policy engagement to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children.  In addition, the Initiative has its own programs and projects.

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This week marks the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship’s graduation. Besides being a milestone time for the Fellows, 2014 was a monumental year for their country, Tunisia. 

Her Excellency Mrs. Janet Museveni, First Lady of the Republic of Uganda, has leveraged agriculture as a key feature in her platform initiatives to empower women and children in her country.

Today in Ethiopia, Her Excellency Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, was joined by George W. Bush Presidential Center President Margaret Spellings to mark the national launch of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in the country.