New York, NY, April 22, 2013 - Time Magazine just released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Film Annex is proud to announce that Roya Mahboob, its partner in www.WomensAnnex.com and the Afghan Development Project, is listed as one of the "pioneers" on the list which includes Barack Obama, Jay Z, Jennifer Lawrence and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.
Roya Mahboob is a 25-year-old business woman and one of the only female CEOs in Afghanistan. She's is the founder of Citadel Software, an IT company based in Kabul, that employs 25 people, including 18 women. Film Annex started working with Roya Mahboob in March, 2012, after Francesco Rulli, Film Annex Founder and President, found a video by NATO highlighting Roya's story and achievements.
As of today, Women's Annex and its partners have built 8 Internet classrooms in high schools in Herat, Afghanistan in less than one year. The goal is to build 40 classrooms, that will potentially connect 160,000 students to the world wide web. Examer, an educational software with a micro scholarship payment system, is implemented in those schools so the students can learn about social media and filmmaking and be rewarded based on their results. Women's Annex is a platform managed by Afghan women that promotes and supports women's empowerment by enabling them to share their ideas and become financially independent.
Roya Mahboob is featured in Time Magazine as a pioneer who is empowering women in Afghanistan and making jobs more available to them. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, writes in her introduction: "Though women’s rights in Afghanistan have improved since the fall of the repressive Taliban regime 12 years ago, many Afghans still believe that a woman should work only in the home, caring for her family. Technology entrepreneur Roya Mahboob is working in clever new ways to change this continuing cultural stereotype." You can read the full article here.