The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower women economically, socially, and politically. The Institute’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program was designed to educate women who have suffered oppression and marginalization and whose homelands have been devastated by war, genocide, and poverty. The program focuses on education, mentorship, and coaching women who seek entrepreneurial skills to start and grow a business.

Founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Dr. Terry Neese, her credentials include: serial entrepreneur, founder and past president of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), past national president of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and past Distinguished Fellow at National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).


It is widely acknowledged that economically stable societies have a greater capacity for peace. The case for this bold statement can be found through evidence in the relationship between democracies and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

  • Democracies are generally stable above $6,000 GDP per capita and are likely to fail below $3,000 per GDP per capita

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women has over 300 women business owners from Afghanistan and Rwanda who have graduated from the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program. Eighty percent of these women are still in business at the end of seven years. They provide jobs for their communities. Three of the Rwanda graduates have been appointed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame to the Rwanda Parliament. These kinds of results are meaningful to peace around the world.


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