Women’s Empowerment seeks to advance the role of women, strengthening and empowering them on the individual and collective level to foster human values, sustain peace, and develop families, communities and societies around the world.
“The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.”– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV Founder
IAHV’s Women’s Empowerment programs promote women as key enablers of peace and stability through leadership, education, and community partnerships. Using a holistic approach to transforming lives, the program establishes clarity of mind, calm focus, and centeredness as the foundation of leadership. Women and men who have participated are committed to their personal and community responsibility to promote and protect women and enable them as catalysts for change addressing key issues such as education, health, employment, political representation, protection of human and legal rights and service delivery. The Women’s Empowerment program has innovative educational initiatives including:
Al Azhar Program, Iraq
Advancing Career Women Project, Iraq
Advancing Career Women Project despite relatively strong female workforce participation in the 1960s and 1970s, certain traditional-minded elements of Iraqi society retain the attitude that women should work in the household and men work outside of the home; this mindset results in a limited number of Iraqi women entering into the workforce or obtaining leadership roles once in the workforce. This project aims increase the financial security of Iraqi women, promote them within the industries where they work, and encourage their participation in the rebuilding of the Iraqi economy. Partnered with IAHV-Jordan and the University of Jordan, IAHV seeks to enhance the skills of 400 Iraqi women private sector banking, aviation and hospitality in Baghdad and Kurdistan through accredited academic programming. Participants, with the support of their employers, will receive 200 hours of concentrated academic training in their industry from the University of Jordan with the objective of increasing their knowledge in their field and leadership skills that will earn them promotions and salary increases in their place of work.