Global Educational Team – Noorjahan Akbar

noorjahan    Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar is an out-spokeswomen and human rights advocate from Afghanistan. She has worked with several Afghan and global organizations focusing on women’s social and economic empowerment and ending gender-based violence.  She has also led nation-wide campaigns and protests in defense of human rights and continues to write and advocate for equality.  Noorjahan has been published in Al Jazeera, and the New York Times among other outlets.  In the summer of 2013, she published a collection of Afghan women’s writings in a book that was distributed in several provinces in Afghanistan.  Currently, she runs a national blog with over 100 Afghan contributors who advocate for gender equality and social justice.  Noorjahan is also a keynote speaker on issues relating to the rights of women and girls, education, and sustainable global development.  Noorjahan has a B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson College and a Masters in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.  Noorjahan has been recognized for her efforts for gender equality at home and internationally.  She was Glamour Magazine’s ‘College Women of the Year’ in 2013, has been named one of Forbe’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women of the World,’ and one of The Daily Beast’s ‘Women Who Shake the World.’