Her Afghanistan is an organization dedicated to the advancement of young Afghan women. Her Afghanistan is a global online platform for professionals around the world to support Afghan women in fields of security, peace, foreign policy and tech.
To build Afghanistan for her and with her.
To empower Afghans to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through this platform.
Provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities; demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all; encourage girls and young women to choose security, peace, foreign policy, and tech careers.
Afghanistan is ranked as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be born a woman, according to a survey by the Thompson Reuters Foundation. A report by Global Rights estimates that almost 90 percent of women experience physical or psychological abuse. As in all war-torn societies, women suffer disproportionately.
Despite Afghan government and international donor efforts since 2001 to educate girls, an estimated two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school. Eighty-seven percent of Afghan women are illiterate, while 70-80 percent face forced marriage, many before the age of 16. Government statistics from 2014 show that 80 percent of all suicides are committed by women, making Afghanistan one of the few places in the world where rates are higher among women.
Provide a minimum of 15-minute video in advancing the knowledge of Afghan women in security, peace, foreign policy, and tech.
Share and upload documents that could be useful and effective in the field of security, peace, foreign policy, and tech.
Share fellowship and scholarship opportunities with the women of Afghanistan so they can have access to knowledge and resources they need.
Sponsor and host a conference in your country on Afghanistan. We will recommend attendees and speakers, as well as partners.
Host a roundtable discussion in your country on Afghanistan, we will be happy to partner with you to organize a great session.
Support young Afghan voices in security, peace, foreign policy and tech by publishing their content related ott their work and achievements.
We have brought together a team of experts from different fields. Our community is growing as we continue making an impact.
Mariam Wardak is an analyst and advocate for gender inclusion in Afghanistan. She is the co-founder of Her Afghanistan. She established hundreds of female organizations at the rural and urban level ranging from advocacy, health, research, security, safety, and family focus. Mariam served as senior adviser to two Afghan National Security Advisors of President Ghani Administration. Mariam was one of the few core members to develop the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strategy for Counter Violent Extremism and social media. Mariam is a regular commentator for Indus News, Wion News and many other regional networks; in addition she has been published in regional print outlets and cited by leading news outlets such as the New York Times, The National and Wall Street Journal.
Munaza Shaheed is a journalist, writer and anchor for Voice of America. She is the co-founder of Her Afghanistan. Munaza was raised as a refugee in Quetta city of Pakistan, after the fall of the Taliban she returned to Afghanistan in which she started her consultant employment with large foreign organizations such as USAID and UN. She is a recipient of DAAD scholarship from Germant. Munaza’s shows/programs focus on different cultural and human right issues. Her focus is to raise awareness among women to advance their social and political rights through legal education.
Sahraa Karimi is an Afghan film director and the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Organisation. She is the first and the only woman in Afghanistan who has a PhD in cinema and filmmaking.
Nadima Sahar (Roger Williams 2006 | University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008), member of the Initiative Advisory Board, was recently appointed to lead the newly autonomous Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board of Afghanistan.
Behnaz Babazadeh is an Afghan-born artist who moved to North America as a child, and from a young age was made aware of how her cultural garments were perceived in the West. She soon realised that the burka, which for centuries has been one of many local fashions among Afghan women, is seen as a destructive tool of subjugation in her new Western home. Modern-day interpretations of the burka, from both the West and the Taliban, have replaced the original significance of the garment. As an adult, Babazadeh’s work challenges the ethnocentric universality of the West, and she aims to shine a light to how the burka is misrepresented. Two examples of her work are ‘Candy Series’ and ‘Burka Diaries’, collections designed to critique the assumption that burkas are a threatening and ominous symbol of oppression.
After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Safi worked closely with Medica Mondiale, a German women’s organization working in Afghanistan, supporting victims of trauma. Safi worked at a government hospital beginning in 2002. Safi serves as one of eight women representatives on the High Peace Council.. She is affiliated with Hezb-e-Muhaz Milli Islami Afghanistan. She was a member of the Health Commission in Wolesi Jirga 2005. Commission (2012): Health, Sports, Youth, Labor and Workers Former parliamentarian Gulalai Noor Safi replaced Humaira Niamati as a Meshrano Jirga member under a presidential decree. She is a current Senator.