Closing Ceremony | 21 June 16:00 | Grand Ballroom
President, Afghanistan Women"s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI)
Manizha Wafeq is the co-founder of several organizations to advocate for women"s economic empowerment, including the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Network, and Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan’s Development (LEAD), a predecessor organization for the Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI). Her persistent and influential lobbying skills resulted to change LEAD to a women’s chamber of commerce which gained more attention and influence to businesswomen around the country. In only 1½ years of AWCCI’s life, several policy recommendations were incorporated and approved. Among them were the 5% preference clause in the national procurement procedure of the government and 15-25% of industrial parks to be allocated to small, medium and women-owned businesses in the national industrial park’s policy.
Manizha Wafeq graduated from the inaugural PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® class in 2007 and is currently teaching her 12th year of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® training in Kabul as the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s In-Country Facilitator for Afghanistan. In this role, she has taught and mentored more than 400 Afghan businesswomen in Kabul and other smaller provinces. In December, Manizha led business trainings for nearly 50 women for the second year of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® / Northwood University Pathways mini-courses in three different provinces of Afghanistan.
She has over 16 years of experience in women’s empowerment and gender equality working with international, government and none governmental organizations. Despite being a mother, she managed to earn her MBA from the American University of Afghanistan in 2017.
Co-author of a training manual on Business Start-ups and a “Gender and the Legal Framework of Afghanistan” training manual. Winner of several awards such as the Enterprising Women Magazine Award from the United States, Leadership Award from the National Business Association of the US, and Young Activist Award from the Afghan Women"s Network and the Afghan Lower House of the Parliament.
Established gender units within the Ministries of Commerce and Industry and trained their staff. She trained more than 500 government employees on gender concepts in Kabul and provinces.
Founder of Bibi Khadija Award; An annual award honoring successful businesswomen and role models in Afghanistan. The award is named after the Prophet Mohammad"s wife who was the first Muslim woman trader.