Fatemah Jafari

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Fatima Jafari


Fatema Jafari is a women’s rights advocate and public official recently reelected as a member of the provincial council of Herat, where she serves on a number of committees related to women’s rights in Afghanistan. As head of the family support committee, she facilitated the creation of an umbrella group of roughly 80 women’s organizations to help coordinate their efforts.  Previously, she participated in three loyal jirgas (consultative councils) from 2010-2013.  She has worked on several advocacy campaigns opposing violence against women and has pressed for greater respect for women’s right on the national  level. She received a fellowship with the National Endowment for Democracy as a Regan Fascell Fellow in Washington DC in 2016. During her fellowship, Ms. Jafari identified key barriers to women’s political participation in Afghanistan and assessed opportunities for women to overcome them. She also began writing a book about her experiences in Afghan politics, which she hopes will inspire other Afghan women to participate in Afghanistan’s political life. She is now in a world fellow program at Yale University where she will host several discussions, lectures and mentorships about women’s rights and political participation.