The Open World Leadership Center sent five young women from Azerbaijan to Lincoln last week to study "Women in Politics and Civil Society."
Friendship Force of Lincoln hosted the Open World delegates and planned 40 hours of topical information, meetings and tours. The women were accompanied by a facilitator who assisted them with language and travel difficulties.
Friendship Force members met the Open World delegates Nov. 4 at a welcome party at the Holmes Lake Apartments Clubhouse. The women spent the week meeting elected officials and community leaders, discussing the acceptance of women by the community and developing methods of increasing women's involvement in their government and community. They also observed Nebraska's election process.
Open World, an arm of the U.S. Congress, introduces rising leaders of emerging countries to the importance of legislative functions in creating and sustaining democracies. This is done by introducing young leaders to American democratic governing systems and free market operations.
Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson chairs the Open World board of trustees.
For details on Friendship Force or Open World, contact Mary Bryant, membership chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.