Former first lady Laura Bush has introduced a group of women from Tunisia as the latest participants in the George W. Bush Institute's fellowship program that helps women in the Middle East and North Africa hone their leadership skills.
At the event Friday, Bush also recognized the Egyptian women who participated in the Women's Initiative Fellowship last year.
The yearlong program, which started in 2012, includes more than a dozen women each year who work in areas including education, health, business and media. The program pairs fellows with American women working in the same fields.
The Bush Institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the Southern Methodist University campus. The women will study leadership at SMU and visit companies and institutions across the U.S.