Anham LLC Vice President Speaks at "Arab Women Facing the Challenges of Globalization" Conference

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Toni Christiansen speaks at a Global Women's Research Institute conference.

ATVI continues to advance the idea of women being gainfully employed and participating in the workforce throughout Afghanistan and the Middle East

ANHAM, LLC ( Vice President Toni Christiansen was a featured speaker at a recent conference entitled "Arab Women Facing the Challenges of Globalization". Hosted by the Global Women's Research Institute (GWRI), the purpose of the conference was to identify the most critical problems facing women in the Middle East and the kinds of research that would help move these agendas forward. Participants included heads of non-government organizations, national leaders and scholars from universities in the area who discussed topics including women and violence, women's economic empowerment, women trafficking and educational reform to close the male/female gender gap in literacy. It was held on January 13-15 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Having served as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Director and Mission Director in Egypt, Ms. Christiansen was chosen to speak on the subject of women and violence, specifically the role of education in mitigating violence against women exacerbated by poverty and unemployment. She has a unique perspective on the subject given ANHAM's involvement with the Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute (ATVI) ( which is the product of a very successful public/private partnership between ANHAM, LLC affiliate Knowlogy International (KI) ( and the Government of Afghanistan. ATVI, a coeducational, post-secondary technical vocational institute, trains students in skill areas identified by the Afghan Government as essential to future economic development, therefore, giving women the opportunity to attend ATVI was of the utmost importance. It is an example of a public-private partnership that has promoted change in a country where violence against women is not only prevalent, but also severe.

"One of the main goals in the foundation of ATVI was to establish a co-educational institution where young men, and especially women, could train in workforce readiness skills that will lead to improved quality of life for themselves and their families," stated Mr. A. Huda Farouki, CEO of ANHAM.

Currently in its second academic year, ATVI is working to change the perception of women attending school in a co-educational environment. The Institute recently completed construction on a girl's dormitory which provides housing for 150 female students who are increasingly studying non-traditional female career tracks such as information technology and construction.

"ATVI continues to advance the idea of women being gainfully employed and participating in the workforce throughout Afghanistan and the Middle East," said Mr. Farouki.    

About Knowlogy International
Knowlogy International (KI) ( is the leading provider of training and development programs and related services worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, KI has been creating and supplying training solutions to governments, businesses, organizations, and educational facilities on a global scale.

About ATVI
ATVI ( is a co-educational facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, where students are competitively selected through an examination process for the one-year condensed course. ATVI provides training for male and female students, drawn from Kabul, other major cities, and the rural areas. As a co-educational institution designed to support and educate all potentially productive members of Afghan society, ATVI strives to maintain a minimum threshold of 10% female enrollment. Courses are offered in our key training sectors: Automotive Systems Technology, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Building and Construction Trades, and Horticulture. ATVI faculty and staff are highly qualified; all hold international educations, degrees, and certifications. More than half of the faculty members hold a Master's degree or higher.

In order to build a self-sufficient, income generating institute, ATVI incorporates profit centers as a major component of its operations. These profit centers benefit the Institute, the local community, and the student as they provide the hands-on experience needed to compound and complement the education provided in the classroom. Designed to be mutually beneficial, the profit centers offer students the opportunity to experience and train for their chosen career in a real-life environment, the local community purchasing the service is charged a competitive and affordable fee, and the provided revenue is used to maintain scholarship programs and facility upkeep.

ANHAM, LLC ( ) is a leading contracting firm working throughout the Middle East and North Africa ("MENA"), Central Asia, and Europe. With a century's worth of experience between its principal founding companies, ANHAM is able to efficiently, effectively, and affordably deliver products and services throughout the world. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, ANHAM has international offices that specialize in providing local support and services to its initiatives, projects, and investments across diverse regions of the globe.


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