McClatchy reports on a campaign in Afghanistan that is spreading the word that under Afghan and Islamic law, women are entitled to a share of the property when their parents or husband dies. Lida Nadery, a senior official in the USAID’s Land Reform in Afghanistan program, stated: “Owning land is very important because it gives women the economic independence they need, and obviously that’s empowering. When a woman has her own money, then she can do whatever she pleases with it. She doesn’t have to ask her husband for permission, she doesn’t have to ask her father or her brother for permission, she can use it for her children’s education, she can buy a house, she can start a business, anything.”

The Tribune reported on the promotion of education through USAID’s Teacher Education Project scholarships in Pakistan.  U.S. Consul General Michael Dodman is quoted, emphasizing U.S. commitment to “building a strong Pakistan” through education. Senior Education Advisor of USAID, Muhammad Tariq Khan, said, “Until today, people became teachers in Pakistan by chance and not by choice. Those who did not find anything significant in life to do turned to teaching. We want to bring a change, making sure that those people come into the profession who are dedicated to the cause and take it up as a challenge.”

Chelsea Clinton visits a Clinton Health Access Initiative project. Photo credit: Thu Van Dinh

Chelsea Clinton published a blog in the Huffington Post about her recent trip to Southeast Asia and Burma.  She shares her experience delivering clean water as part of Procter & Gamble’s Clinton Global Initiative commitment to the country.

Dr. Jill Biden writes in The White House Blog about her recent trip with husband and Vice President, Joe, to Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil. Dr. Biden says, “In each country, I witnessed the good work of the United States to promote economic growth and development through education and empowerment of women entrepreneurs.” She continues to mention US partnerships such as USAID and their impact through positive, innovative programs.