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Egyptian women discuss Bush Institute program

March 9, 2012 at 1:40 a.m.


DALLAS (AP) - Egyptian women participating in an inaugural program at the George W. Bush Institute said Thursday they expect to return home as better leaders, drawing strength from one other after a month of networking training and tours of U.S. companies and women's museums.

The fellowship is the signature program of the institute's women's initiative, which former first lady Laura Bush chairs. At least one fellowship program per year is planned, initially focusing on countries affected by the Arab Spring.

"After the revolution, what I really feel is something that's changed in our hearts, that we now believe that we can do everything," said participant Sara Galal of Alexandria, who runs website to help parents and children communicate.

The 14 women attended a town hall discussion attended by 200 people Thursday in Dallas that marked International Women's Day.

Previously, they traveled to New York, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley before separating to spend time in cities across the U.S. with their respective mentors. The women will now return to Egypt, where training sessions will continue.

Charity Wallace, director of the women's initiative at the institute, has said Egypt was a natural place to start because of changes the country has been undergoing following last year's uprising, which ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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