Dr. Rita Anwari
Rita Anwari is a passionate philanthropist and is deeply committed to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and Australia where over the years she has helped the local communities, especially women in receiving education and training. Owing to her commitment to improving human lives in Afghanistan, she has now become a bridge of cooperation and understanding between Afghanistan and Australia.Rita is the Founding Director of Women
Empowerment and Leadership in Australia, an organisation dedicated to investing in the education, capacity development and welfare of women in Afghanistan and Australia.
Rita Anwari has received an Honorary PhD from King’s International University. She possesses an impressive professional career during which she has served as the Head of International Business Development at Harvest Education Technical College. This has given her the opportunity
to represent Australia in over 25 countries; as well as run educational programs aimed at empowering children and women. Further, Rita has served as the Director of Shine Training Academy, and the International Account Executive at Access Community Services Ltd, a respected organisation that runs resettlement programs for refugees. Additionally, she is currently serving
as an International Advisor to the Minister of Women Affairs in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Further, Rita is the Director of the international Zan (Women’s) Television network, which focusses on promoting women’s rights and female empowerment.
Rita is an ardent multicultural practitioner and plays an invaluable role in strengthening the multicultural ethos of Australia. She is a wonderful advocate for Afghanistan-Australian relations, and brings Afghan socio-political and cultural understanding to Australia. Rita was the first
woman in Australia to establish recognition of learning for those who have studied in Afghanistan and now wishing to work in Australia. This step has been crucial in developing the bilateral education system between Australia and Afghanistan.Born in Afghanistan, and living in Australia since she was a young girl, Rita Anwari considers herself very fortunate to have received
a quality education and upbringing that allowed her to establish herself as a successful business professional. Now she says that it is her turn to give back to the Afghan community, and empower women around the world through education and training.During her professional career she has facilitated engagements in the political, academic, and business domains between
the two countries. This has included undertaking complex international and corporate negotiations, providing counsel to Afghan leaders on Australia and vice versa. This has allowed her to develop and facilitate memorandums of understanding and agreements to forge cooperation and collaborations in business, trade, and education. Rita has successfully hosted policy dialogues, liaised with government and business stakeholders on both sides, and
mobilised the Afghan community in Australia. Her endeavours have been centred around the betterment of women, children, and bilateral relations between her home-nations.
Notably in 2017 Rita facilitated the creation of the first Australia college, HETC, to launch in Afghanistan – making this the first college to recognise course credit from students in Afghanistan. Currently she continues to develop her project for drug rehabilitation centres for women and provide aid to the ill or vulnerable in Afghanistan. Most recently, Rita has been recognised for her contributions in the area of women’s rights and her support for Afghanistan.
In 2019 Rita Anwari became an Ambassador for Peace under The Universal Peace Federation, Australia. Rita has been awarded certificates of recognition and appreciation from sectors including the Brisbane Council in honour of her work for women and children in the Logan and wider Brisbane community. As Women Empowerment and Leadership continues to expand their projects, Rita recognises that there is still a great need for powerful voices to stand up for those in need of support. It is her hope to continue to act on behalf of her people, in Afghanistan and Australia, to further develop universal women’s rights.