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ICYMI: Governor Habiba Sarabi Recognized for Courageous Work in Afghanistan

Article by Charity Wallace July 29, 2013 //   2 minute read

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.