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Sakena Yacoobi

Learning of the Human Spirit

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Lynsi Freitag

What does it take to singlehandedly outwit the Taliban ... in their own country? Bravery, to be sure. A willingness to accept the consequences, no doubt. But above all else, perhaps, is the knowledge that it's okay to be afraid -- even when your life is on the line.

Muslim Women Superheroes

Lila Igram | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Lila Igram

I have the privilege of working with some amazing Muslim women -- women who run highly effective grassroots organizations or speak out against injustice. Yet despite their achievements, the media seems to always portray Muslim women as victims.

Saudi Women Leaders Reshape Early Education

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Education today clearly ranks as a top priority for Saudi Arabia. Early childhood education has also received government support and mainstream attention in recent years, due in part to two Saudi visionaries. Ilham Al-Dakheel and Samia Kazi have been a powerful force in helping to gain recognition of the importance of early education.

The Touchy Topic of Religion: Afghanistan's Future

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The struggles over values and religious beliefs need to be part of the analysis about the way forward. This is as true for Afghanistan as it is for anywhere else where religion is an element in conflict (that is, pretty much everywhere).

WATCH: Woman Wins $1,000,000 To Keep Changing Young Lives In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.15.2013 | Religion

Sakena Yacoobi, founder and president of the Afghan Institute of Learning, was announced as the winner of the 2013 Opus Prize, an award that "honors u...

Literacy and Networking for Afghan Women Through Texting

Afghan Institute of Learning | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Afghan Institute of Learning

The use of text messaging opened up a wider world for the women and girls who participated in the program and would do the same for other women who had access to phones.

Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

Afghan Institute of Learning | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Afghan Institute of Learning

In addition to watching my brothers and sisters die, I was worried that my mother would end up like the other women I saw carried to the graveyard after perishing during childbirth. I am lucky that my mother survived, and my family's story, while very sad, is all too common in Afghanistan.

Sally Osberg: Dare to Imagine

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Sally Osberg

What will the world look like in 50 years? The problems facing our world are so large that they demand disruptive thinking. We don't have time to think in incremental terms. It's time to challenge the status quo, and dare to imagine what we can do.

Muslim Fundamentalism Worth Supporting

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the 21st Century, Sakena Yacoobi's call for education is almost embarrassing. Don't we know this? Hasn't the American foreign aid establishment been paying attention? Why do we still need Sakena's pointed reminder?

First 'Davos' for Women's International Development Held in NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women (CAFW) hosted its first "Dialogue for Action" last week in New York City. In short, the event dedicated to he...

Sakena Yacoobi's Vision for Afghanistan

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Sakena Yacoobi is on a mission to bring education to Afghanistan, a country that has a 70 percent illiteracy rate. Her organization, the Afghan Institute of Learning, seeks to empower women in a troubled society.