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ICYMI: Governor Habiba Sarabi Recognized for Courageous Work in Afghanistan

July 29, 2013 by Charity Wallace

Habiba Sarabi recently received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for her courageous work in Afghanistan.  As the first, and only, female governor of a province in Afghanistan, Governor Sarabi represents one of the greatest hopes for continued progress.  Women’s inclusion in every aspect of society is essential to the stability and success of countries – and Sarabi’s service to her country is critically important to the way forward for Afghan women. 

On one of Mrs. Bush’s three visits to Afghanistan, she made a special trip to the Bayman Province to visit Habiba Sarabi.  Mrs. Bush’s visit spotlighted the example Governor Sarabi is for women in Afghanistan and around the world, and encouraged Sarabi to remain resolute in her important work of helping democracy flourish in Afghanistan.

As we celebrate the life and work of this inspiring woman, we are reminded of the stakes for women across Afghanistan, especially during this tenuous time of transition.  The world must not abandon the women of Afghanistan – or the important work, and sacrifice, of women like Habiba Sarabi. 

Click here to read the full article about Governor Sarabi and learn more about the Bush Institute's Afghan Women's Project here.


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Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace

Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009.  During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life.  Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute.  Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. 

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