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Awards received by Dr. Yacoobi and AIL
Articles about AIL
Sakena and AIL have received international recognition for their efforts on behalf of Afghan women and children. In 2001, Sakena was awarded the Bill Graham award from the Rex Foundation in recognition of the efforts of the Afghan Institute of Learning to assist children who are victims of political oppression and human rights violations. AIL and Dr. Yacoobi are co-recipients of the 2003 Peacemakers in Action Award of the Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding and the 2004 Women’s Rights Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation. Sakena and AIL have received recognition of service awards from the Ministry of Education in Herat, Afghanistan, the district governments of Mir Bacha Kot, Shakardara, Kalakan, Farza, and sixth district Kabul Afghanistan and from numerous Afghan organizations.
In 2005, Prof. Yacoobi was awarded the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy. Sakena was among the 1,000 women nominated to jointly receive the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, Sakena received the Citizen Leader Award from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In January 2007, Sakena was inducted as a Senior Fellow, the first Ashoka Fellow fromAfghanistan. In May 2007, Sakena was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of the Pacific for her leadership and human rights work for women and children.
In December 2007, Sakena received the 2007 Gleitsman International Activist Award at Harvard University. In June 2008, Sakena received an honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service degree from Loma Linda University, recognizing her distinguished contribution to society. In February 2009, Sakena received the 2009 Americans for UNFPA Board of Advocates Award for the Health and Dignity of Women. Sakena was cited by Americans for UNPFA as a tireless advocate for Afghan women, who has increased the literacy and improved the health of thousands of Afghan women and girls despite decades of armed conflict and a ban on girls’ education during Taliban rule. In March 2009, Sakena received the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for her outstanding work.
In June 2010, Sakena gave the graduation commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate of education from Santa Clara University for her work in providing preschool through post-secondary education for Afghan women and children. Also in 2010 Sakena was awarded the 2010 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, the Asia Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Schwab foundation, and the Global Hero Award from the University of the Pacific. 2011 brought the honor of being awarded the National Peace Award by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Yacoobi is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur.
Yaccobi and AIL have been featured in books including
September 2009 - Sakena Yacoobi featured in book by Kristof/DuWunn
There's a new focus on women worldwide. The New York Times magazine dedicated an entire issue one week in August to women in the developing world. Of particular focus was a newly launched book written by the well-known Pulitzer Prize winning couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl DuWunn titled Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
For more information go to this link: Half the Sky
Yacoobi profiled in Jennifer Heath book, Land of the Unconquerable - The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women
Numerous articles have been written about AIL’s work
September 2011 - Forbes article about Yacoobi
September 2011 - Article about Yacoobi Huffington Post
June 2011 - ABC news article about Yacoobi - "Pragmatic woman educates thousands"
June 2011 - Business Week article from Skoll Foundation
Marcia Yerman article about Yacoobi
Rabia Povich article "A Fearless Woman" about Yacoobi
September 2010 - The Lancet magazine features Yacoobi article
Spring 2010- Sakena Yacoobi featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review
National Geographic - AIL and CHI mentioned under "grants awarded" in National Geograhic's Afghan Girls Fund Stewardship Report 2006 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/donate/pdf/AfghanGirlsFundStewardship.pdf
February 2008- Christian Science Monitor, article including Sakena Yacoobi
Videos have been produced showcasing AIL
New YouTube video of AIL produced by Skoll
The Skoll Foundation article
Voice of America news
Direct Relief Int. AIL's health clinic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHnlXl_uz0s by Brett Williams, Direct Relief
International, Abbott Fund.
The same video is available on My Space.http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=125595864&blogID=451474985
Learning Partnership -Against all odds
Skoll World Forum - Yacoobi speaks