Roz Rustigian is still the chair of “The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women” and the board and supporters continue their efforts to provide a full university education to academically qualified Afghan women who display a real dedication to putting their country on a better footing. To that end, we are proud to say that Adela Raz (Simmons 2008’) has advanced from chief spokesperson for President Karzai to Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs under his excellency Ashraf Ghani. This is but one of the women who have returned to Afghanistan to take part in the ambitious mission of stabilizing the country and providing its citizens with a future of great peace and prosperity.
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In order to better serve the future needs of that country, The Initiative is undertaking to reverse engineer – if you will –the selection and application process so that we can match available scholarships with students whose career aspirations are in sync with the professional needs of their country. Further, we have embarked on a program to provide all of our students with summer jobs and internships in Afghanistan so that employment prospects are awaiting their return after graduation or following their OPT training here in the states.
This summer our young women worked with Good Weave, Turquoise Mountain, The American University of Afghanistan, The international Rescue Committee, The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women for Afghan Women. Much was learned and I would love the opportunity to share more of these stories as the students’ professional journeys unfold.
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