The Institute for
Economic Empowerment
of Women

Our Afghanistan Response

We are truly shocked and disheartened by the situation in Afghanistan. However, we will not lose hope.

Our immediate efforts have been focused on assisting PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS ® alumni attempting to leave Afghanistan. We have provided legal and logistical support for visas, flights, and connections here in the U.S.

We are now beginning to assess what IEEW’s continued involvement in Afghanistan will look like going forward. We have invested 15 years into educating and empowering Afghan women, and we are determined to continue.

There will need to be a shift in the way we implement our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS ® program in Afghanistan, and we are already working with our In-Country Facilitator (who is now in the US) to develop a strategy for reaching more women virtually. We will share more information on this soon.

What We Do

It is widely acknowledged that economically stable societies have a much greater capacity for peace. Small business has always been the backbone of economic stability; and the Institute believes that diversity is the key to the development and stability of business in emerging economies around the globe.

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Under the umbrella of IEEW operates the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program. Our program works to educate and empower women business owners.

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PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® students in Afghanistan and Rwanda come from diverse ethnicities within their countries and their businesses reflect that diversity by industry.

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One of the key parts of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program is mentorship. Our students are paired with accomplished business owners who work with them in various capacities.

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