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2014 Women's Initiative Fellowship Success Stories
This week marks the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship’s graduation. Besides being a milestone time for the Fellows, 2014 was a monumental year for their country, Tunisia.
In the three short years since the Arab Spring, Tunisians elected a constituent assembly that drafted and passed a new Constitution, and the country recently held free and fair elections in which a new Parliament and President were elected. Despite ongoing violence in the Middle East, Tunisia continues to be a beacon of hope for the region. It was named the first free Arab country in the Middle East and North Africa region by Freedom House.
Our graduating class of Women’s Initiative Fellows from Tunisia offers further reason for optimism. Comprised of 17 courageous women leaders, our Fellows are playing significant roles in improving education, increasing female participation in elections, and combatting violence against women. Learn more about their year in the Fellowship by reading their success stories.
Online Freelance: An Unexplored Opportunity for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Bush Institute WE Lead Scholar Hana Elghoul shares how her organization empowers women from Tunisia, and throughout the MENA region, with the necessary tools to find online freelance job opportunities.
Why WE Lead: The Day Mrs. Laura Bush Visited Us in Amman
WE Lead Scholar Ruba Rihani writes about a recent visit by President and Mrs. Bush to her nonprofit organization in Amman, Jordan that provides leadership and vocational training to Jordanian women and Syrian refugees.
A Dad’s Perspective on Empowering Girls
Fighting for women's empowerment shouldn’t be a woman’s struggle alone. Support from male allies is needed, and that support begins with dads and father figures.