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ICYMI: A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment
This week, the Women’s Initiative team is reading a new report published by the UN Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation, A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment, which identifies proven, promising and high potential interventions that directly advance women’s economic empowerment.
The report summarizes 18 research studies commissioned for the two-year initiative across four categories of employment – entrepreneurship, farming, wage employment and young women’s employment. It analyzes the effectiveness of interventions in terms of increasing women’s productivity and earnings in economic and social contexts. The report examines the efficacy and sustainability of programs to provide a new, reliable framework for how best to empower women, which is central to the work of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute.
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.
A Conversation: The Power and Influence of a First Spouse
At the 2017 Annual Concordia Summit Mrs. Laura Bush had a conversation with the First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos and First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo García de Varela about the role of first spouses, the value of women’s leadership, and how first spouses can be prominent voices for change around the world.