How I Came to Love the Hijab

Heads turn as she walks into the dry cleaning store and makes her way to the end of the line, her face impassive. Black, gauzy fabric outlines her face, mirroring black eyeliner surrounding defiant eyes. Whispers start down the line. A child openly stares at her until his mother pulls him closer, breaking his gaze. … Continue reading How I Came to Love the Hijab

Building Bridges and Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship

Open Hands Initiative, in partnership with the Angel Resource Institute’s Women First Enterprise, has selected twenty of the brightest and most driven Jordanian and American female founders to participate in its “Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs.” The Fellowship, to take place in Amman, Jordan from October 16-24, is the first of its kind – a program … Continue reading Building Bridges and Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship

Startup Diplomacy: Investing in Female Founders from New York to Amman

20 Top, Young Women Startup Founders to Partake in the “Open Hands Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs” Twenty of the most promising young American and Jordanian women startup founders and entrepreneurs will soon have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a week-long cultural exchange and fellowship in Amman, Jordan through a not-for-profit partnership between the … Continue reading Startup Diplomacy: Investing in Female Founders from New York to Amman

Announcing a New Program in Jordan

Open Hands Initiative is proud to announce that we have just returned from a fact-finding mission to a diverse and fascinating country located at the heart of the Middle East: Jordan. This special destination is where we will be hosting our next exchange program. It’s one of the MENA region’s most prominent hubs for start-ups … Continue reading Announcing a New Program in Jordan