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Fawzia Koofi      

Afghan Politician & Women's Rights Activist; Member of Parliament; Vice President of the National Assembly

Fawzia Koofi is a member of peace negotiation team representing Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. She has made her leadership journey in a country of internal conflicts. After completing her baccalaureate degree, she entered a competitive medical school. But soon after the Taliban took over in September 1995, and barred women from access to all education! Finding the doors of a university education closed to her, Koofi focused her energy on women’s right organizations, and worked closely with one of the most vulnerable group such as Internally Displaced People (IDP), and marginalized women and children. After the fall of the Taliban, she continued law faculty night shift while still working with UNICEF Afghanistan on women and children's rights. She eventually got her bachelor's degree from Kabul University law and political sciences faculty and her Master on International relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy, from Geneva City.

Koofi’s political family background and orientation to public service propelled her to take hold of the new opportunities that were paving the road for many women. She decided to run for a seat in parliament from the Badakhshan province, she was elected Member of Parliament from that province in September 2005, right after the first elected parliament after 33 years, Koofi was elected as the first woman Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the history of Afghanistan.

Some of the key women’s initiatives that she has championed include the improvement of women’s living conditions in Afghan prisons, by approving resolutions, with her efforts a commission to work on the issue of violence against children is established, the commission was chaired by Afghanistan first vice president. She tabled many progressive laws protecting women and children including law on violence against women, anti harassment law on women and children, child act and contributed to laws that ensures protection of Human rights for citizen. She promoted women and girls education, by advocating for access to good schools, as well as creating opportunities for non formal education for out of school children in her constituents, Badakhshan province.

She is the author of letters to my daughters and the favorite daughter book which is her auto biography. In 2016 she has been elected as president of IPU's Human rights Committee, IPU works to promote democracy and peace around the world.

He has been titled as Young global leader by World Economic Forum, fearless mind of 2013 by times magazine and many more. She has been awarded many prestigious awards including women of knowledge, Minerva and many more.

She is the leader of a newly established political party called Movement for Change in Afghanistan. She was recently nominated for the Nobel peace prize which is a great accomplishment.

Speech Topics


Media Representation

  • The impact of social media in shaping public sentiment

International Women's Rights

Afghanistan after Fall to Taliban

Women in the Negotiation Room

  • Women in Leadership Positions: what's next for them?

From Village to Parliamnet

News


Could This Woman Be the Next President of Afghanistan?
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