Before beginning her studies in the US through The Initiative, Shakila worked at Bamiyan Hospital with Aka Khan Health Services and coordinated Thunderbird for Good’s Project Artemis, which built entrepreneurship skills for Afghan women. She also lead Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative to provide business training for Afghan women entrepreneurs. Shakila graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating in Management Information Systems. While at Montclair State, Shakila was on the Dean’s List and received a certificate of recognition for outstanding contribution as a student employee. She also received a certificate of entrepreneurship from Feliciana Center for Entrepreneurship.
The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women and The University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communication and Media Students Join Forces to Create New Website Content
Providence, Rhode Island — Students from The University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communication and Media, as part of The University of Rhode Island’s UnClassroom experiential learning program, will see the fruits of their labor in practice (and not just theory) when a new website for The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is launched as the first phase of an ongoing partnership between the two institutions. The UnClassroom concept is an innovative model of teaching and learning which brings students at The University of Rhode Island into local organizations to study and provide real solutions for the challenges they face.
The Communications Committee of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Board of Directors is proud to present the organization’s new logo. Creation of this logo was generously underwritten by Board Member and Advisory Board Chair Drue Gensler to support The Initiative’s brand refresh as well as the launch of its new web and social media sites early this summer. Thanks to Ms. Gensler’s vision and generosity, for the design of its new logo The Initiative’s Communications Committee was able to engage Kathleen Van Gorden Morse of KVG Communications, a nationally recognized brand strategy, promotional marketing, public relations and creative design firm.
Work on the new logo began earlier this year when the Communications Committee working with Ms. Van Gorden developed a creative brief for the designer which outlined The Initiative’s approach to strategy, operations and communications as well as its inspiration: the aspirations and achievements of our students and alumnae.
The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women (The Initiative) is proud to announce that its Executive Director, Christian Wistehuff, was named to The US-Afghan Women’s Council.
The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) was founded in 2002 as a public-private partnership. The USAWC is located at Georgetown University and is co-chaired by the President of Georgetown University and the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and by the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Afghan Minister for Women’s Affairs. Laura Bush and Hillary R. Clinton serve together as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the USAWC.
USAWC Members are leaders in government, the private sector, academia and philanthropy who undertake individual initiatives on behalf of the Council to advance the lives of Afghan women and children. The Council works to address areas of need identified by Afghan women, convening interested partners and brokering connections to meaningful sustainable platforms.
March 9 – 12, 2014: Sonia Eqbal Zeerak (Juniata – Class of 2007), Wadia Samadi (University of Richmond – Class of 2011) and Najia Nasim (Bucknell University – Class of 2013) were among 22 Afghan women leaders and six Georgetown University students awarded the Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative certificate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar last week.
The Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative was designed to engage and empower Afghan women leaders from diverse fields, developing personal and professional leadership skills supporting a core pillar of the US-Afghan Women’s Council’s mission to promote substantive and practical leadership development for Afghan women.