Educating and empowering women around the world economically, socially, and politically

Highlights of 2023 Leadership Development Week

Leadership Development is a key component of our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® (PTB) program, which provides business education and mentorship to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda, with the goal of empowering them economically, socially, and politically. Leadership Development is offered to the top PTB students who demonstrate excellence in their assignments, business plan presentations, and class participation. This year, we are expecting 7 women to attend Leadership Development in-person, plus as many as 15 to participate virtually. 

What We Do

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women educates and empowers women around the world economically, socially and politically. We do this through our signature PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, which uses a four-pronged approach focused on in-country education in Afghanistan and Rwanda, US-based Leadership Development, mentorship with American women and men, and paying it forward. For the past 16 years, IEEW has educated and empowered 1,021 women business owners in Afghanistan and Rwanda.



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



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

Dr. Sharifa Hesarnaee, OB/GYN with her mentor Susan Chambers, OB/GYN, in Oklahoma City during mentorship week 2018


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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