“Throughout Afghanistan there are many of us who through small actions, sacrifices and working hard to transform our future. But we need your help. All of you.” – Anita Haidary
The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women student, Anita Haidary (Mount Holyoke – Class of 2014) was a featured speaker at “Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan,” along with former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry at Georgetown University on November 15. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, which Mrs. Clinton says may be the “first ever” such institute in the world, co-sponsored the symposium with the George W. Bush Institute, the US Afghan Women’s Council, and the US Alliance in Support of the Afghan People.
“We are not stuck in the past,” Anita told that gathering of diplomats, academics, representatives of organizations working on behalf of Afghans, and several female students participating by telelink from American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. “Our country is made up of 60% young men and women, people who are hungry for change. Our women are not simply victims. We see ourselves as agents of change.”