Roya Mahboob of Honored in #TIME100

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Great News!  Roya Mahboob was included as one of the honorees on the 2013 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World. Mahboob, who is the woman behind (formerly the Afghan Development Project), helps build computer-connected classrooms for women in Afghanistan. Last summer, our CEO Daniel Yomtobian, was one of the first corporate entities outside of Film Annex to support Roya Mahboob and the Afghan Development Project. Daniel’s contributions during the early stages of the Afghan Development Project ensure that Afghan women have access to the classrooms, training, and resources they need to earn an independent income and become active contributors in the online world.

Yomtobian says,

“We’re proud to be one of the first supporters of and its mission to connect women in Afghanistan with the Internet. The importance of social media cannot be understated – it’s the best way for women around the globe to connect with others, earn an income for themselves, and express their thoughts. Congratulations to Roya for her inclusion on the TIME 100. She truly is one of the most influential people of our time, and I’m proud to support her work in Afghanistan.”

TIME Editor Radhika Jones explained in a recent video how the TIME 100 are chosen, saying, “It’s not just politicians, it’s not just financial titans, it’s anyone. The idea of innovation is a constant.” Roya Mahboob and her business partner, Fereshteh Forough, are innovators within Afghanistan and beyond. By bringing education and technology to girls and women in the country, they’re helping to raise the standard of living for people in Afghanistan.

Forough explains that corporate support is critical to helping the women of Afghanistan gain a technical education. She says,

“It was a pleasure to interview Daniel Yomtobian last summer when Roya Mahboob and me were just getting started. Now that Women’s Annex is firmly established in Central Asia and

Afghanistan, we will always remember the early support of Daniel Yomtobian and As our economy grows and our ‘sustainable philanthropy’ business model is established, we hope to contribute BACK to our early supporters.”

Now that is firmly established in Afghanistan and spreading to Central Asia, the next step is to create an advertising network to support women. By encouraging women to become social, share videos, and earn advertising revenue, we can collectively support a growing nation. Education and technology in Afghanistan are critical to connecting the country to the rest of the world. Congrats Roya!