OWE's Sina Cross is Passionate About Economic Empowerment for Afghan Women
May 19, 2014
OWE Office Manager Sina Cross, who has been with the firm for sixteen years, was born in Afghanistan.
moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-80's with her
family at the age of ten when conditions in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, started to deteriorate.
Sina with her
Sina (at far right) with her
family in the mid-1970's
Sina is well aware of the tragic consequences that 30 years of war has had on women in Afghanistan and therefore proudly supports the work of her brother, Matin Maulawizada, who was recently featured on the Katie Couric show, along with actress Claire Danes, for his work creating employment opportunities in Afghanistan for disadvantaged and disenfranchised women.
feels enormously lucky to have been sheltered from the war and able to come to the U.S. with her
entire family to pursue an education and a life free of constant fear and oppression, but she
is deeply touched by the limited opportunities for Afghan women not as fortunate.
As an Afghan woman, she
passionately supports her
brother Matin in his
efforts to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of these women, who are employed in a social enterprise that he
started in Kabul about 10 years ago.
is amazing and has put so much of himself into the project - I'm so grateful that I can play a role in supporting his
work," said Sina