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May 7, 2012

My first contact with AIWR several years ago involved their arranging for me to mentor a woman senator in Afghanistan who needed assistance with mastering legal English. The senator was a very impressive person who worked tirelessly to help improve the situation for women in her country. Together we reviewed international human rights standards, international criminal courts, and women's rights issues. More recently AIWR has arranged for me to mentor attorneys working with Justice for All, a women's rights organization in Kabul. While helping my students master legal English, we delve into discussions on international human rights laws, comparative constitutional rights, the role of religion and government, and other fascinating topics. I have learned so much while "teaching" these brave, dedicated attorneys, and am inspired by the work they do to help their female clients and the cause of women in Afghanistan. Soon we will be embarking on a project to translate into English all the Afghan laws which affect women, to be included in an international database sponsored by the American Bar Association. The opportunities AIWR has provided to me as a volunteer are always fascinating and very rewarding, and the brave individuals it connects me with are truly inspiring. I feel honored and fortunate to be a part of the organization's mentor program.

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March 23, 2011

AIWR is an amazing organization that connects women experts in the United States with women leaders in Afghanistan who have requested additional English language instruction or mentoring. As an attorney with background in women's rights issues, the organization connected me with women attorneys and senators who requested mentoring and assistance with English legal and political terminology. On a weekly basis, we have reviewed together the Afghanistan Constitution and International Law, and have discussed matters of relevance to their work. The weekly one-on-one contact (using Skype to talk over the internet) has been very enriching for me, as the women AIWR works with are all very inspiring individuals. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with these women, helping them gain the tools and skills they need to perform their important work even more effectively. After watching the crisis for women in Afghanistan from the sidelines for so many years, it is very fulfilling to finally be able to offer assistance to these women who are working so hard to improve the situation for all the women in the country.

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being connected with, and allowed to serve, very impressive and heroic Afghan women who are working to help improve the situation for all women in Afghanistan. It is very rewarding to observe, over the course of months and years, these women's understanding and English expertise flower.

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help it grow larger and have the funds to connect even more mentors and ESL instructors to the deserving women in Afghanistan.

Volunteer & I mentor Afghan women attorneys and other legal professionals.