CHITTAGONG,BANGLADESH – Media OutReach – July 20, 2017 – AsianUniversity for Women is pleased to announce that Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush will serve as aPatron of the University. Mrs. Bush served as First Lady from 2001 to 2009 whenher husband George W. Bush was President of the United States. Former First Lady Laura Bush brings to AUW her commitment to freedom and human rightsThe University’s Council ofPatrons is chaired by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and includesFirst Lady of Japan Akie Abe; former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino;UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong AnsonChan; former Danish Environment Minister Lone Dybkjaer; Her Royal Highness theGrand Duchess of Luxembourg; and Her Excellency Madam Chandrika BandaranaikeKumaratunga, the first woman president of Sri Lanka. The Patrons advocate forwomen’s education and empowerment in general and Asian University for Women inparticular.Laura Bush is a leading voicefor spreading freedom and promoting human rights across the globe. For morethan a decade, she has led efforts through the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council toprotect the hard-earned rights of women in that country. As First Lady, shemade three trips to Afghanistan and in 2001 she delivered the President’sweekly radio address — a first for a First Lady — to direct internationalattention to the Taliban’s oppression of women. In 2016, she wrote theintroduction to the book We Are AfghanWomen: Voices of Hope published by the George W. Bush Institute. She has alsoplayed an important role in the establishment of the American University ofAfghanistan.In announcing the appointment ofFirst Lady Laura Bush as a Patron of the University, AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair commented, “Laura Bush has been one of the most persistent and effective championsof girls and women and others who fall on the wrong side of privilege. Shebrings an enormous amount of compassion and dedication to her work in supportof women, and she makes a significant impact. She does all of this without everpausing for fanfare. Laura Bush is the emblem of a great soul. AUW isabsolutely privileged to have her support for our common cause of educatingwomen from across the developing world.”In accepting her role as Patronof Asian University for Women, First Lady Laura Bush said, “The inclusion of women in all aspects of society strengthens andimproves the stability of their countries. Asian University for Women recognizesthat investments in the success of women are investments that pay off, and thateducating women has the power to change the world.” AboutAsian University for Women (AUW) Asian University for Women,chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh, is an independent, internationaluniversity located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is dedicated to the educationand leadership development of women from across Asia and the Middle East. Sinceits founding in 2008, it has graduated nearly 550 women from 15 countries. Tolearn more about AUW, please visit http://asian-university.org/. 


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