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There’s a fascinating piece in The Guardian this week focused on a new UN report about how North Korea finances its activities through smuggling and crime. The report finds that North Korean officials, under the cover of diplomatic immunity, have been used to sell counterfeit goods and trade illegally with international partners. And there’s evidence that the officials “continue to play key roles in facilitating the trade of prohibited items, including arms and related material and ballistic missile-related items.” Given the North Korean regime’s human rights violations, its exploitation of diplomatic privileges comes as little surprise.
A recent editorial in The Hill makes the case for maintaining in federal legislation that states develop and administer one standardized test for all students. The writers, former teachers, explain, “Just as runners want to know how far they’ll have to go to reach the finish line in a 5K … parents and teachers need to know how far their children are progressing toward grade-level proficiency targets, graduation, and college and career readiness.”
The 2015 Women’s Initiative Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C. this week. They participated in roundtable discussions with leaders from the International Republican Institute (IRI), Freedom House, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the National Democratic Institute. The event was highlighted on IRI’s blog, Democracy Speaks. With recent tragic news in their home country, the courageous Tunisian Fellows who endeavor to strengthen their young, fragile democracy give reason for hope.
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
Dreamer to Achiever
In Egypt, it was not common for women to run or play sports in public. 2013 WE Lead Scholar Mariz Doss worked to change that perception.
WE Lead Graduation
The inaugural class of WE Lead scholars graduated from the 5-month program on March 21. WE Lead seeks to empower and equip women to become more effective leaders and to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries.
Q&A with WE Lead Scholar Nadia Behboodi
Nadia Behboodi, a 2019 WE Lead Scholar from Afghanistan, is CEO of the Afghan Women’s Organization for Research, Learning, and Development. She volunteers with Seeds of Change, a network of professional women and men standing for female leadership at all levels, and manages Afghanistan’s first circle of the Lean In network, which promotes female empowerment.