Lailuma Sadid an award-winning journalist in the International Women’s Leadership Forum in the European Union in 2020 in Belgium. LAILUMA is originally from Afghanistan and she based in Belgium and travelling for covering news and making reportage in the E. U Countries. Lailuma is the only accredited journalist from Afghanistan in the European Union and NATO, actively working on improving the knowledge of Women rights, immigrants, the situation in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. She is working with Kaiser Network as a social media manager. Since 2013 up to now Lailuma worked as a journalist for different media for more than 13 years inside and outside of Afghanistan and is still practicing as a freelance journalist. Previously, she was headhunted to join the media team of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and appointment as diplomat for one mandate in the Embassy of Afghanistan in the kingdom of Belgium.
Lailuma lived and reported from all over Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, witnessed the Taliban and Al Qaeda war, where she faced death several times because of her profession and also not covering her hair. She was the first female journalist in Afghanistan insisting not to cover her hair in TV in 2003 in Kabul and fight for their (women) rights. During the Taliban regime she secretly taught classes in her house for few girls every day for 60 to 90 minutes, she was punished, flogged twice by Taliban to stop teaching them.
Lailuma holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Université libre de Bruxelles ULB and a bachelor in journalism from Kabul University. She worked with Pajhwok news agency as a political journalist, and she has worked as a journalist with IWPR in Afghanistan.