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Ripple Effect: Spotlighting Sara Elmatbouly

February 21, 2014 3 minute Read by Betsy Martin

Despite recent reports highlighting the increasing discrimination against women in Egypt, the Women’s Initiative Fellows are courageously facing these challenges. Building upon the leadership training and skills they received during the U.S. portion of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship, the Fellows are actively working to improve their communities and country.  We believe these women will continue to play a powerful role in effecting change in their communities and are proud of their accomplishments.  Individually, these women are strong; as a class, they form a resilient circle with a powerful vision for the future of their beloved country.  Meet Sara:

Sara Elmatbouly

2013 Fellow

Women's Initiative Fellowship

“Most of my success stories are on the personal level… I discovered that I can always make a change even by helping one person. I learned to be strong and stand up for myself and for others. I learned to believe that I can!”

A successful lawyer, Sara Elmatbouly reports that she has used all the skills acquired from the Fellowship program throughout the last year in both her personal and professional life to achieve her success.  Sara is passionate about working with the disabled community, particularly the blind, in Egypt.  Due to the curfew in Egypt, Sara’s law firm hours were disrupted so she took advantage of her extra time to research and identify opportunities for the blind community. She is using her legal background to support this community, identifying companies that employ the blind, helping update their resumes,and informing them of their rights under the law.  Over the last year, Sara has been working to ensure that rights for disabled individuals are included in Egypt’s constitution.

Sara is currently taking a course from the American Bar Association on intellectual property.  Recently, Sara joined her other Fellows and facilitated a training session for the Women’s Initiative Fellowship in Egypt, cascading what she learned in the program.  Over 75 women attended the session, and Sara says that “the workshop is one of my greatest achievements of the year. It was the first time for me to give a training, and I loved the fact that I could teach people something.”

Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Public International Law from Université Jean Moulin Lyon in France, and worked as a Legal Consultant at an international law firm in Egypt.  Sara recently took a position as a Legal Associate for an international law firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Sara aspires to utilize her knowledge and legal expertise to impact positive change in Egypt.

 


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Betsy Martin
Betsy Martin

Betsy Martin, Regional Development Director, joined the George W. Bush Presidential Center in 2013. A member of the development team, she is responsible for building relationships with corporations, foundations, and other non-profit organizations. She works closely with Bush Institute program directors to obtain support for projects in education reform, economic growth, human freedom, global health, women's empowerment, and aid to U.S. military veterans.

Most recently, Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, she was responsible for setting and implementing the vision of the Women's Initiative which seeks to empower women worldwide to lead in their communities and countries.  During her tenure, Martin directed a year-long leadership program for rising women leaders in the Middle East and North Africa and highlighted stories of hope in Afghanistan through the publishing and promotion of We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, Martin served as a Senior Event Coordinator for the Washington Speakers Bureau where she managed speaking engagements and advance for Mrs. Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush, and Governor Jeb Bush.  Martin served in the Bush Administration as Scheduler and Trip Coordinator to Mrs. Laura Bush.

A native of Mississippi, Martin graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Akola Project.

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