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In Case You Missed It: The Sister Duo behind Diwan Bookstores
While other avenues of self-expression in Egypt, the likes of journalism and media, frequently come under fire on grounds of censorship, Cairo’s book-selling industry is a robust source of social life thanks to a pair of female entrepreneurs. Sisters Nadia and Hind Wassef, graduates of the American University in Cairo, founded their combination café book store in 2002 to serve as a casual hangout that hosts up-and-coming artists, musicians, lecturers, and filmmakers, all while curating books in four languages for adults and children alike.
Shannon Bradford serves as Program Manager, Leadership Programs, for the George W. Bush Institute, focused on the Liberty and Leadership program and WE Lead.
Prior to joining the George W. Bush Institute in November 2015, Shannon provided communications, media, and marketing support to Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech, Morocco, an organization dedicated to job and life skills training for disadvantaged Moroccan women.
A native of Coppell, Texas, Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a two-time recipient of the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship through which she spent nine months in North Africa. Shannon is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas.Full Bio
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.
Conversations With Afghan Women
Niloofar Rahmani, the first female Afghan fighter pilot after the fall of the Taliban, and Roya Rahmani, the first female ambassador to the U.S. from Afghanistan, share their stories.