Peace Through Business graduates 30 Afghan, Rwandan women Aug. 25
The Ellis County Press
Cedar Hill - Northwood University concluded its eight-week program, Peace Through Business, with a graduation ceremony and reception Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Dozens of women gathered in The Women’s Museum in Dallas to celebrate the accomplishments of students by honoring them for their courage and leadership as women and entrepreneurs.
"When you educate a wom-an," said Dr. Terry Neese, founder and CEO of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, "you also educate her children, her community and her country.
"Women are the life blood of the worlds future."
Over the last eight weeks, 30 Afghan and Rwandan women participated in various classes and projects, learned and communicated the essential tools to help their businesses blossom.
"A country that is economically sound, has a better mission," said Neese.
Former First Lady Laura Bush was a guest speaker at the event recalling her historic 2005 trip to Afghanistan.
During her stay she visited the Women’s Teacher Training Institute in Kabul, which is training women to lead classrooms that girls were once forbidden to enter.
"I am impressed by these womens resiliency," said Bush, "they represent the future leaders of Afghan and Rwandan women." Bush asked for one thing of the women present, that the "light of hope" be spread throughout their countries.
This is the third year Cedar Hill has taken part in the Peace Through Business program.
Peace Through Business is a training program designed to provide long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.