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Founder Dr. Terry Neese to Have Milestone Birthday Fun Raiser!

By On behalf of IEEW | November 2, 2022

IEEW’s founder Dr. Terry Neese is celebrating a milestone birthday. On December 1, 2022 Dr. Neese will be celebrating her 75th birthday. In lieu of gifts for her birthday this year, Dr. Neese is asking for a tax-deductible donation to the 2023 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program. We hope you can join the celebration! RSVP Here…

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Afghan Women Entrepreneurs Battle to Retain Economic Freedom

By On behalf of IEEW | October 19, 2022
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The Afghan Adjustment Act

By Anna Rohwer | May 10, 2022

Congress will soon vote on the passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act. The majority of Afghans evacuated to the US following our military withdrawal have only been granted temporary protection via humanitarian parole, which is due to expire this summer or next. Though they have the legal right to temporarily live and work in the…

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Afghan Women and the Battle for Their Rights

By On behalf of IEEW | April 14, 2022

Over the past two decades, Afghan women made significant progress in expanding their rights and gaining access to educational and economic opportunities in Afghanistan. In 2001, Afghanistan had an estimated 1 million students enrolled in school, most of whom were male. In 2020, less than 20 years later, there were more than 9.5 million Afghan…

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Left Behind but Not Forgotten

By On behalf of IEEW | April 13, 2022

Samman was one of two Afghan women who recently graduated from our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program in Rwanda, where she is now living as a refugee. We feel so honored that she was part of our class and invited her to share some thoughts on her experience.  Hi everyone! I am Samman Akbarzada, an author from…

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IEEW Intern Sonja Sparks Shares About Afghan Fashion

By Amy London | November 6, 2019

This past July I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time away and spend it with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® class of 2019 at their Leadership Development held at the AT&T University campus in Irving, Texas. Those days spent with the women who all have such incredible stories will forever hold a…

Tribute to T. Boone Pickens

By Amy London | October 4, 2019

“For most of my adult life, I’ve believed that I was put on Earth to make money and be generous with it.” – T. Boone Pickens. Generous Indeed. IEEW remembers Mr. Pickens to be that and so much more. In 2007, IEEW and the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program was honored to have the T. Boone…

Alumnae Making an Impact: Kubra Jafari

By Amy London | October 4, 2019

When Kubra came to PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® in 2014, she was already successfully creating media stories that highlighted the positives of her native Afghanistan through the work of own media production company. Kubra has since found another way to bring positivity to her country by creating a new company that will help spread one of…

Around the Class of 2019: Barbara Umuhoza

By Amy London | October 4, 2019

Barbara’s vision for her company, Eclat Communications, is “To become an international leading communication company by 2030 by creatively providing content and business support that will socially and economically transform lives.” She formed the business as a way for people to create and maintain meaningful relationships with each other. Barbara serves to influence the globe,…

Poupoune Makes her Mark in the African Film Industry

By Amy London | June 28, 2019

Story teller, visionary, and ultimate business woman are but a few phrases used to characterize Poupoune Sesonga, the ambitious leader aiming to bridge the gap between dreamers and doers in her native country of Rwanda. Poupoune has dedicated her career to all forms of mass media, specifically filmmaking, and accessing tools that allow Rwandan creators…

IEEW Continues to Diversify Through Leadership

By Amy London | June 6, 2019

New additions to the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s Board of Directors and International Advisory Council offer more dynamic support for global women’s empowerment. IEEW is proud to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors, Dao Jensen of San Francisco, California, and Cathy Cruzan of Edmond, Oklahoma. Dao Jensen has been in…

Paying It Forward Profiles: Bibi Yalda Seddiqi

By IEEW Intern | March 6, 2019

Bibi Yalda says she is thankful to everyone involved in the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program for giving Afghan women the opportunity to gain the knowledge so they might turn their ideas into action. We are so proud of Bibi and her go get ‘em spirit!

Brewing Up Success In Rwanda

By IEEW Intern | March 5, 2019

Brewing Up Success In Rwanda 2019 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® student, Agnes Mukamushinja, wants the world to know exactly how important the Rwandan coffee trade is, not only to the country but to its women as well. As a child, Agnes beamed with pride when she had the chance to tag along with her father, an…

Paying It Forward Profiles: Zainab Mohseni

By IEEW Intern | February 1, 2019

NSES was Zainab’s first business adventure and she wished to improve her management leadership skills, leading her to seek out the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program in Kabul.

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