There's more than enough evidence to show that educating girls is transformational not only to girls themselves but to everyone around them. With education, a girl will be better positioned over her lifetime to help herself and her family move out of poverty and avoid disease. That makes for stronger women and more resilient families, communities, nations and the world.
Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.
My father was my greatest mentor. He was energetic, brilliant and committed to our family, celebrating Christmas with enthusiasm. It was a total devastation when, as a freshman in college, I called my dad from my dorm room and heard an unrecognizable voice on the other end. It was a policeman. My father had taken his life.