Raising the sights of young women from across the Middle East and North Africa who aspire to political careers was among the accomplishments of the Young Women Leaders Academy (YWLA), a 10-day program held recently in Doha, Qatar.
The program, sponsored by NDI and hosted by the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar), is now in its second year. It provides the women with practical skills and knowledge to help them use the political process to make meaningful improvements in their communities. The women, aged 19 to 28, were selected for their leadership potential. They came from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait,Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.