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"Instead of seeing students as the future of change, Women Forward International understands that graduate students are uniquely positioned to drive today’s policy decisions...WFI’s visionary model of experiential learning is changing the game for graduate education in international affairs, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it...This has been one of the most worthwhile, interesting and exciting experiences of our Georgetown careers to date - I certainly count myself honored to have been a part of it in some small way!"

Sienna Tompkins

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service 

Master of Science in Foreign Service Candidate

Co-President, Georgetown Women in International Affairs

"Many of my students said they ‘never knew what a difference it makes to study an international security issue through a gender lens.’ Already Women Forward International’s support for this project has been life-changing for our students."

Ambassador Nancy McEldowney

Director of Georgetown University’s Master of
Science of Foreign Service Program

"I want to thank Women Forward for the invitation to comment on these two outstanding documents that will be very useful for those of us who work on these issues in Mexico...In fact, we [FAO Mexico] are now building a proposal to develop an innovative financial mechanism for women in the milk chain. Without a doubt, this more integrative perspective will give us greater elements of analysis and will allow us to explore with the tools that you have provided more flexible instruments, potential partners adapted to the needs of women, and with possibilities of incorporating [these recommendations] as a pillar of national development. ”

Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro,

Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization

of the United Nations (FAO) in Mexico

"I feel privileged that I was asked to advise one of these projects...[Women Forward International] put an unusual amount of effort into designing the projects, working with the students, and then arranging to bring the insights to a wider audience.  I have rarely encountered people who were so adept and thoughtful about how to get the best out of projects like these, and what to do with the insights they generated."

Professor Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard,

   Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership

    John F. Kennedy School of Government,

Harvard Business School



“You have come upon what we have identified as root causes in terms of gender inequality being the driving force to sex trafficking, which is where we as NATO have primarily looked. I am interested in your recommendations…in terms of international organizations working together, and I think that is key to the work that we will be pursuing over the next year on how we work with our international partners…we will certainly be looking at some of the information in your report."

Clare Hutchinson,

Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security NATO


"Women Forward International has offered us a unique and engaging opportunity to both study an issue of critical global importance, and to take an active part in ensuring that the physical security and rights of women in Afghanistan are protected in a future intra-Afghan peace agreement"



Marta Sydoryak

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service 

Master of Science in Foreign Service Candidate

General Secretary at the Georgetown Collaborative Diplomacy Initiative

"[The Report] was comprehensive and detailed with a very clear strategy...I will make sure that the WASSA team integrates some of the proposed strategy in their annual plan on Women Peace and Conflict."


Nilofar Sakhi

Executive Director

Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA)


"A special thank you to the Ananda group and Women Forward International for supporting this research and working with us this past year.  It’s been a  rewarding experience. We were all attracted to this project for a few reasons: one, I think climate change is one of the biggest problems humanity has ever faced and shifting towards plant based options will become a necessity...The second angle is obviously a gender angle, and I think all three of us believe in the equality of opportunity."


Jeremy Bhatia

Harvard University 

MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

"Women Forward International's highly focused and professional work, including documentary research, expert interviews, and field research directly with women entrepreneurs has provided us with invaluable insight into the reality of these women, their goals and the contribution they are seeking to make in the world. [The report] allowed us to understand the challenges and the limitations these women face, and to determine the most effective ways to empower them to overcome those challenges."


Rocio Cavazos

Founder and Managing Partner

The Ananda Group

"We were so impressed with the report...I really do think it outlines a roadmap for all who are interested in the Afghan peace process, Afghan women’s rights, and women’s rights more broadly around the world, including short term and long-term solutions."

Megan Corrado

Director of Advocacy
Women for Afghan Women (WAW)

"We have been working for 30 years as ProMujer in Latin America empowering women…so we are very happy to have this research, and to share it broadly. We want to reveal the existing gaps and we find this as a very valuable to with which to do that. With regard to the recommendations, we will be able to build on them to strengthen what we have been doing and to develop new projects and programs"

Natalia Wills

Country Representative Mexico
Pro Mujer

"These are definitely research pieces that can help our understanding of both women entrepreneurs in the country and the gaps we are facing."

Monica Ducoing,

Central America & Mexico Chapter Manager,

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

"We really appreciated the opportunity to have our students engage with [Women Forward International] on this important and timely project and especially appreciated the time and guidance you provided to our students.  The culminating conference was an impressive collective of individuals making a difference in the world and I know our students were honored to be a part of it.  Logistically, I understand that coordinating across multiple global cities with so many different participants is quite challenging and commend [Women Forward International] on the excellent outcome.  Thank you for including SIPA and we look forward to our continued collaboration and to moving women forward in public policy."

Suzanne Hollmann,

   Director of the Capstone Program

School of International and Public Affairs

Columbia University


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