2017 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) graduate Masooma Ibrahimi plans to break stereotypes about women and entrepreneurs through growing Arastoo, her script-writing and film making company.

July 5, 2017

A filmmaker herself, Masooma Ibrahimi holds the gaze of the camera while posing for a portrait as part of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) application process.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Almost 30 women from Rwanda and Afghanistan are boarding planes this weekend, heading to America for two weeks of Leadership Development. The excitement of their arrival is palpable. They come to our shores with hopes of blazing a unique trail for other women, one that in most cases has never been seen before in their countries.
The true joy, for us, comes in connecting these students to the professors, mentors, sponsors, and coaches that can alter the path their family and community will take. Benefiting women entrepreneurs in countries scorched by war and genocide is in our blood, and we can’t wait to put this ethos into action for our eleventh consecutive July of women’s empowerment.
If you can be with us this year in Dallas or OKC, you will meet many women with stories and dreams that wow. One of them is Masooma Ibrahimi. Like many in Afghanistan who had to flee the violence Russia and the Taliban left in their wake, Masooma’s family was eventually forced to become refugees to ensure their own safety and stability. She was born in the Daykundi province before the family had to relocate to Iran.
Even though Masooma finished high school in Iran at the top of her class, she was not allowed to go to University. Furthermore, her parents wanted her to marry an Afghan right away. Masooma would not accept her fate. Upon returning to Afghanistan she went to work during the day and began to attend Kabul University at night.
Now married with two young children, Masooma vows to remain independent. “I want to help my family and my people, especially women, and I continue to try to reach higher goals. And I will do it, I know.” Masooma dreams of Arastoo becoming an international entity changing the perception of Afghanistan and shining a light on the incredible talent throughout the country.
Join us on the road to peace: meet students, sponsors, and mentors and soak up world-changing speakers at the International Women’s Economic Summit & Graduation Gala on July 21 in Dallas: Buy a Ticket!
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OKC’s July Event to See!
BUY A TICKET to HER | ART and meet our students here from Rwanda & Afghanistan on Tuesday July 18 @ 21c Museum Hotel.
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Making a Difference around the Globe
25 women arrive from Rwanda and Afghanistan on Sunday. Can you help change their lives AND our world?
It’s not too late to get involved! Send us an email and learn how.
Together we truly are paving the road to peace, one woman at a time.
Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese