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Women in Development Network (WIDNET)
Promoting Gender Equality & Equity




Malalai Joya (35 years-old) - In 2010, Time magazine placed hert on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed Malalai Joya in its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. On March 8, 2011, The Guardian listed her among "Top 100 women: activists and campaigners"

Azra Jafari (34 years-old) - Afghanistan's First Female Mayor (Town of Nili in Daikundi Province)

Dr Sima Samar Afghan Human Rights Leader Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List in South and Central Asia for 2013 by Central and South Asia Business

Fatima Gailani - President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society

Roya-Mahboob  - 2013 Time Magazine 100s Influential Women  - Afghani Entrepreneur

Rangina Hamidi - Influential Afghan women's rights advocate

Suraya Sadeed - Founder and Current Executive Director of Help The Afghan Children (HTAC)

Dr Habiba Sarobi - Hematologist, Politician, and Reformer of the post-Taliban Reconstruction of Afghanistan - First ever-female Provincial Governor

Dr Masooda Jalal - A medical doctor was the only woman to run against Hamid Karzai in the 2005 presidential race. She lost, but was later appointed as Minister of Women's Affairs by President Hamid Karzai 

Dr Zieba Shorish-Shamley - Anthropologist - Head of WAPHA (Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan)

Sima Wali - President and CEO of Refugee Women in Development - International advocate for the rights of refugee and internally displaced women

Sediqa Balkhi - Former Minister of Martyrs and Disabled under President Karzai -  Member and  Chairperson of the Disabled, Martyr, Gender and Civil Society Committee 2010

Khatol-Mohammadzai  -  First Female Parachutist and General in the Afghan National Army, with the title of Honorary Sky Soldier

afghanwwomenleadersconnect.org - Profiles of a good number of Young Afghan Leaders from the Civil Society can be found in this website

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Women in Afghanistan Series from womensenews.org















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