Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar has become a leading fundraiser for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, making national appearances to spread the word on IEAW’s mission and achievements. Omar is the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers, published last April in the US; editions in 20 other countries are slated for release in coming months. The book – praised by Oprah Winfrey, The New York Times, and in scores of media worldwide – chronicles how his family survived Afghanistan’s vicious civil war in the 1990s by drawing on age-old Afghan culture and values. Subsequently, Omar and his parents were among the many Afghans who defied the Taliban by operating a clandestine school for girls in their home.
The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is proud to announce that its alumna Adela Raz has been appointed as First Deputy Spokesperson and Director of Communications by President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Ms. Raz, is the first woman to hold this prestigious position.
Ms. Raz, who came to the United States to pursue her undergraduate education through the The Initiative in 2004, graduated with honors from Simmons College in 2008 with a triple major in International Relations, Political Science, and Economics. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in 2010 at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.