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  • 1 May 2024 1:00 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K Ahmad
    NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair 

    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty 

    Afghan Women Project:  

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.

  • 1 Apr 2024 1:10 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K Ahmad
    NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair 

    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty 

    Afghan Women Project:  

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.

  • 1 Mar 2024 1:00 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K Ahmad
    NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair 

    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty 

    Afghan Women Project:  

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.

  • 2 Jan 2024 1:05 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    Nermin K Ahmad, NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair Members: Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty By:Nermin K. Ahmad


    Afghan Women Project:

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.

  • 2 Dec 2023 1:00 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By:Nermin K. Ahmad
    NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair

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    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty

    Afghan Women Project

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project


  • 2 Nov 2023 1:30 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K. AhmadNFBPWC Women on the Move Committee
    Chair Members: Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty 


    Afghan Women Project:

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.

  • 1 Oct 2023 1:05 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K Ahmad
    NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair
    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty

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    Afghan Women Project

    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project.


  • 3 Sep 2023 12:15 PM | Kemi Oyebade (Administrator)

    By: Nermin K Ahmad, NFBPWC Women on the Move Committee Chair
    Members:  Sher Singh, Emily VanVleck, Veronica Sexton, Cathleen Jeanty

    Afghan Women Project

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    If you are interested in welcoming these new Americans, and answering their questions of offering the hand of friendship please contact us at Afghanwomen@nfbpwc.org, visit our home page at https://www.nfbpwc.org/Afghan-Women-Project



  • 5 Oct 2022 9:59 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)
    The Afghan Women Project (AWP) was initiated by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs – NYC Affiliate Chapter in August 2021 as a special project to enhance the welcome provided to arriving business and professional women from Afghanistan.
     
    This project was rapidly elevated to becoming a national project for the 103 year old organization as well as an international initiative, taken on by BPW International. The AWP steering committee met twice a week for 12 months.

    The original four-pronged approach allowed the AWP special project leaders to learn a great deal not only about the specific needs, trials and tribulations experienced by Afghan women arriving in new cultures, but also about the very real challenges faced by all working women on the move – whether in pursuit of their own careers, as spouses, as migrants choosing to relocate or as asylum seekers and refugees.

    This hands-on learning has informed the need for a larger effort, encompassing all working Women on the Move

    One critical discovery was that little is routinely in place to support educated, experienced working women find work other than survival jobs. 

    We also learned that many women in obliged or forced migration suffer too much post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to fully understand the options available to them, the questions they need to ask, and their rights in their new country. In the case of the Afghan Women – from being received as honored guests at military bases, they were soon spread across the US, and turned over to the state, county, city and non-profit run social services – who were under obligation to manage the integration of these newcomers according to strict rules governing assimilation of migrants – regardless of origin, or of status.  

    While the AWP made every effort to provide tools that could help the working women blossom in American culture, we recognize that while our efforts accurately hit the mark and filled real needs, not everyone was in a position or a condition to understand what we were providing.

    We are not a paid social service, and we are not part of the official welcome of the US. We are an organization of women who seek to work together to strengthen the position of working women everywhere. The handful of Afghan women who worked with us have begun to thrive and are finding their way to the life they seek. Constructive change is possible!

  • 4 Oct 2022 5:16 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    On September 18, 2021 – just a month after taking over Afghanistan - the Taliban forbade Afghan girls over the age of 12 to go to school. This was just an hour after schools reopened. Female students were forced to leave their schools while their brothers and cousins were still allowed to study.

    Imagine what this means for a country – with no educated girls, there can be no female teachers, no female doctors, no female trained to look after women.

    Zohal, a displaced Afghan woman, a member of NFBPWC, and active in NFBPWC’s Afghan Woman Project is committed to helping female Afghans enjoy the education she had, to which they have a right, and which is promoted through SDG 4.  Her schooling in Afghanistan enabled her to be independent and to come to the US armed with knowledge and ability.

    Zohal is adapting to life in Tucson AZ with her husband and is working in the field she wanted, as a health care provider. She is in a position to use her education to help those with health concerns. But her joy at succeeding is mitigated by the many, many letters she receives from school-age girls still in Afghanistan who want their futures to be as bright as hers. They look to her, and to women in the US as role models. Individuals who can use their education to improve the world around them.

    Let Us Learn!

    PLEASE JOIN IN MY PUSH TO STAND UP FOR THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS WHOSE VOICES FOR ADVOCACY ARE MUTED AND AT RISK.

    The Let Us Learn! campaign is a push to stand up for the education of women and girls whose voices are muted and at risk. This campaign is an appeal to the authorities to act immediately on this issue to reopen schools for girls in Afghanistan to preserve basic human right education!


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