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ICYMI: Governor Habiba Sarabi Recognized for Courageous Work in Afghanistan
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.
What’s Happening in Afghanistan?
While there have been tremendous gains in Afghanistan, lack of security threatens these gains daily.
Q&A with Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan
Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi is a member of the national assembly of Afghanistan. She represents Badakhshan province in the Wolesi Jirga (house of representatives). Her story is one of survival, pursuit of dreams, and dedication to women’s well-being and health. Here, Dr. Ibrahimi shares her thoughts on the current state of Afghan women’s empowerment, the challenges women face in achieving equal rights, and the impact women have on the country’s long-term peace, security, and prosperity.
In Case You Missed It: The Breadwinner, an Animated Film About the Strength and Resilience of Afghan Women and Girls, Premieres in the U.S.
Executive producer Angelina Jolie tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.