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In Case You Missed It: Mrs. Lael Mohib, wife of Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Writes on Recent Attack at American University of Afghanistan
On August 24, thirteen Afghans lost their lives during an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. In a poignant and passionate New York Times op-ed, Lael Mohib describes the violence as “An Attack on Afghanistan’s Future.” Calling attention to the significance of education in combatting violence and injustice, Mrs. Mohib highlights the invaluable hope and leadership of Afghanistan’s next generation and their influence on the country’s future.
Mrs. Mohib is the founder and director of the Enabled Children Initiative, former chief of staff at the American University of Afghanistan, and spouse of Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib. For more information on the Bush Institute’s work to amplify the voices of Afghan women, please see http://www.bushcenter.org/explore-our-work/fostering-policy/afghan-womens-project.html.
Farhat Popal serves as Senior Program Manager, Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Farhat leads the WE Lead program and is responsible for research and programmatic efforts that empower women worldwide to lead in their communities and countries.
Farhat studied Political Science/International Relations and History of the Near East at the University of California, San Diego. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Bush Institute, she worked on human rights programs in Afghanistan and Central Asia at the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in Washington, DC, and evaluated reconstruction projects in Afghanistan with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. While with SIGAR, she spent considerable time conducting field work at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In addition to her international work, Farhat evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of local government programs at the City of San Diego and City of Oakland’s Offices of the City Auditor.Full Bio
Women’s Economic Participation in Afghanistan
WE Lead Scholar Shahnaz Nasr shares how she is fostering economic empowerment for women in Afghanistan.
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.