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In Memoriam: Meral Adeeb

September 30, 2013 by Charity Wallace

We are deeply saddened to report that Meral Adeeb, one of our 2013 Women’s Initiative Fellows, passed away last Tuesday morning in Cairo due to injuries sustained in a car accident.  Meral was sweet spirited, kind and passionate.  Over the course of the fellowship she quickly moved from Fellow to friend and a trusted confidant to those around her. Her hopes for Egypt and desire to help women and girls was both inspiring and infectious.

A 3-D Animator at Arascope Film Company in Egypt, Meral worked on a number of short movies for children that convey moral and ethical messages.  She published editorial cartoons in popular Egyptian magazines on topics including sexual harassment, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the wearing of the veil. Through such education, Meral helped advance women’s struggles for progress and equality.

Meral received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Helwan University in Cairo, majoring in Graphic Design and 2-D Animation.

Meral leaves behind a precious husband, Emad, and two wonderful children – a daughter, Glory (17) and son, Fady (14).  Please join her family, the Women’s Initiative team and the 2013 fellows in celebrating Meral’s incredible life and strong legacy that she leaves behind.  She will be dearly missed. 


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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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