A year-long fellowship at the Bush Institute has empowered a group of Egyptian women to become leaders in making their country a better place to live.
One woman launched an online opinion board where community members can give feedback to Parliament. A photographer documented sexual harassment in Egypt’s first exhibit addressing the problem. And a former television reporter established a legal unit to support journalists who face detention and arrest.
On International Women’s Day, the Bush Institute celebrates success stories like these and welcomes its second class of fellows into the Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program. Former first lady Laura Bush will speak at an event Friday morning at Southern Methodist University.
“It has been unbelievably rewarding to see how they have grown in personal confidence as well as really identifying their purpose and vision for change in Egypt,” said Charity Wallace, director of the Women’s Initiative.
The former first lady and former president George W. Bush believe women will “lead the freedom and democracy movement in the Middle East,” Wallace said.