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(WOMENSENEWS)– Sakena Yacoobi, who started an institute dedicated to rebuilding education and health systems in Afghanistan, turned out to be a big star on Twitter today.

At a forum for female business empowerment, the founder of the Afghanistan Institute of Learning spoke about women’s ability to bring about all sorts of change; in the household, the community and the entire nation.

Other advice and experience that she imparted was tweeted about:

Yacoobi was part of the second day of a forum organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, United Nations Office for Partnerships and UN Women held at the United Nations offices in New York City.

The agenda was "to explore empowerment solutions that bridge opportunity gaps and result in increased economic agency and independence for women and girls around the world."

The conference was organized as part of the 2015 annual International Women’s Day Forum and it was widely tweeted about on social media with #USCCFwomen.

Issues relating to women’s health and well being in the workplace were raised by the Levi Strauss Foundation, an organization "pioneering social change by funding community programs that advance justice and provide opportunities for disadvantaged people around the globe."

Some comments emphasized that that the biggest hurdle is ignorance of women’s importance to the work force and the need for investing in women.

The New York Times’ The Upshot column recently release data showing that more large companies in the United States are run by men named John. In light of that one theme of the Twitter posting stream was fitting: "what companies can do for women."

You can watch a live webcast of the conference here.

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