Young Iraqi women aspiring to political careers are getting a boost from a new Young Women’s Leadership School launched recently with the help of NDI Iraq staff member Ferdos Majeed.
Majeed came to the U.S. for three months in 2009 as NDI’s first Andi Parhamovich fellow, named to honor Ms. Parhamovich, who was killed while working for the Institute in Baghdad in 2007. Each year the fellowship is awarded to a young woman — selected from NDI local staff or a partner organization – who is deeply involved in strengthening democracy in her own country.
The leadership school helps women, aged 18 to 30, build their leadership, outreach and communications skills. We talked with Majeed, who worked with Ms. Parhamovich, about how the fellowship helped her prepare for the leadership school’s opening and the rest of her work in Iraq.