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Ambassador Jawad Supports Peace Through Business Graduation


Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad joined top American business professionals, international leaders and government officials in Dallas for a two day global conference promoting economic expansion in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

“This is a unique program which supports a new generation of leaders and transfers life skills all while binding nations together,” said Jawad.  

Twenty-three female business owners from the two developing nations attended business, leadership and public policy training as part of the Peace Through Business program, and underwent preparation for the International Women's Economic Summit on June 21 - 22 at the AT&T Center for Learning in Dallas, Texas.

“Considering our past history, I am very pleased to see how far Afghan women have come,” the ambassador said.  Peace Through Business provides long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.  “The student business leaders become women vested in peace.  They show aspiration courage, grace, elegance and commitment all while acquiring business skills,” Jawad said.  


Foreign policy expert and diplomat Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Monica Luechtefeld, executive vice president of e-commerce and direct marketing for Office Depot and AT&T joined Ambassador Jawad in addressing the crowd at the graduation ceremony.  The program also included remarks by James Kimonyo, Rwandan Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Terry Neese, CEO and founder of IEEW; Dr. Keith Pretty, president of Northwood University, Francine McMahon, publisher of "The Hill" and member of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council and a video message from former First Lady Laura Bush.

The graduates will now head to an 8 week mentorship program in their home country where they will apply newly learned business skills to an apprenticeship.  Afghan student Rahela Kaveer said she will use the training to promote the critical issue of healthcare for women in Afghanistan.  "It's good to know that people all over the world care about the well-being of our countries," she said. "What I've learned here will empower me to be more of a leader in healthcare in my country."

"I know that this experience is making me better," she said. "I have learned so much. I can't wait to pay it forward when I get home," said Rwandan businesswoman Micheline Muhumpundu.

Ambassador Jawad also introduced some of the graduates to networking.  Several newly graduated Afghan students met with members of the Association of Afghans in Dallas for an evening of networking and discussion at the popular “Afghan Grill.”  Forty plus individuals came out to greet the ambassador, as he encouraged the ex-pats to take a leadership role on economic and educational initiatives in their homeland, tell the crowd, “You are helping write the history of the future full of hope, peace and prosperity;”  a message which will be carried for many years to come. 



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