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Bush Center President Margaret Spellings writes for the Dallas Morning News on who gets her vote for Texans of the Year: the compassionate people of Dallas.
“I nominate for the 2013 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year the men, women and children of Dallas who find new and creative ways to help others,” she says. “Consider the case for Dallas as a compassionate city...The region ranks ninth among the nation’s 50 biggest cities, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, in terms of the percentage of income donated to charity.”
As a newcomer to Dallas, she already recognizes the kindness of the local community. “One reason the Bush Center opened in Dallas is that the city has a strong history and culture of generosity. The nearly 1,500 charitable organizations in Dallas County exist in large part because the people of Dallas know, trust and want to help one another. Here, there is a desire to give purpose to prosperity,” she writes. “Such a culture is essential to the city’s future and the nation’s, and it’s only possible because millions of people live their compassion by serving their fellow man.”
Recently, Mrs. Bush traveled to Washington, D.C. where she voiced support for Afghan women and discussed the importance of ensuring gains for women and girls in Afghanistan are maintained. Anita McBride, member of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council and Executive-in-Residence at the School of Public Affairs at American University, hosted a panel discussion on the subject this month. American University features a recent recap of the event. The group focused on the importance of education in Afghanistan and the need to raise awareness about progress made and challenges that lie ahead in the country, which the Bush Institute’s Afghan Women’s Project continues to spotlight.
Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.Full Bio
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.
The Breadwinner, a new animated film from executive producer Angelina Jolie, tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. The Breadwinner is an inspiring reminder of the power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all. It also provides an important spotlight on the struggle endured by Afghan families during the Taliban regime and the resilience of women and girls and their influence in building a brighter future for Afghanistan. Last year, the Bush Institute released We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope, which spotlights more of these courageous stories of Afghan women. Learn more about the book and our work by visiting:&nb