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The Elise Fiber Smith Forum

June 26, 2013

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, we are pleased to announce:

The Elise Fiber Smith Forum

Women’s Rights in Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan:
Where Do We Go From Here?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Georgetown University Law Center
Hotung International Law Building
Room: Hotung 2000
550 First St. NW

Refreshments will be served

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Featuring an expert panel:

  • Ritu Sharma (moderator): Co-Founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide
  • Hady Amr: Deputy Administrator for the Middle East, USAID
  • Hina Baloch: Education Projects Manager for Sindh and Balochistan, British Council in Pakistan
  • Kathleen Campbell: Acting Deputy Assistant to the Administrator and Deputy Director, Office of Afghanistan & Pakistan Affairs, USAID
  • Shaharzad Akbar: Chairperson, Afghanistan 1400

About Elise Fiber Smith: 

As a groundbreaking advocate for women’s advancement worldwide, Elise Fiber Smith co-founded Women Thrive Worldwide with Ritu Sharma in 1998 to be a constant voice for women and girls living in poverty in developing countries.

Elise’s inspirational work on gender and development spans more than 40 years and four continents. As Executive Director of the League of Women Voter’s Overseas Education Fund, she built the capacity of hundreds of women leaders around the world, catapulting many of them to higher visibility and success. Through collaboration, Elise helped them find and strengthen their own voices and become effective advocates for women and girls. At Winrock International, she launched the Network of African Women Leaders in Agriculture so that women could support and advance each other’s work.

Elise is a master at connecting people, organizations, and causes to collectively empower women and girls worldwide. In honor of her accomplishments and legacy, the Elise Fiber Smith Forum will convene diverse voices on issues of development, gender, and policy. These lively and engaging forums will spark debate, creative solutions, and continue the spirit of collaboration embodied by Elise Fiber Smith.


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