The 2:00 Interfaith Lecture Series invites five women from the Middle East to present the unique and specific experiences of women in this part of the world – women who lead as well as women who hold civil society together beneath the radar of the media and the political decision-makers. Invited to this conversation are women from Israel, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.
This talk features Sakena Yacoobi.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Sakena Yacoobi is the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Afghanistan. Founded in 1995, AIL provides education and health services for more than 350,000 Afghan women and children each year. Her organization works to find culturally appropriate ways to provide education for girls and women, and has trained more than 10,000 teachers.
Yacoobi is also involved in other international organizations for women and children's rights, including co-founding Creating Hope International, working with the International Rescue Committee, and serving as a board member of the Global Fund For Women.
Yacoobi has received numerous awards in recognition of her dedication. In 2004 she was awarded the Gruber Prize for Women's Rights; in 2005 she received the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy as well as being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project; and in 2006 Sakena Yacoobi received both the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a fellowship with Ashoka, acknowledging her important role as a social entrepreneur.