Farkhunda Zahra Naderi

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Farkhunda Zahra Naderi

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a former MP represented Kabul from 2010 to Jun 2015 in Afghan Parliament. 

At university, for her dissertation she concentrated on the study of women's role within Afghan power, she believed the absence of Afghan women in the Supreme Court was the real challenge for the symbolic presence of women in the Afghan political community. In the parliamentary campaign, Naderi promised to break this taboo within the society and political power and fight for women's participation in that position. 

Naderi succeeded to break the taboo by raising voice in the parliament, working with civil society to political groups from national to international level. Eventually, a woman for the first time in the history of Afghanistan was introduced to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan by President Ghani and NUG. 

Naderi in 2013 won a seat for Afghanistan in the Democracy and Human Rights Committee of IPU where soon she was elected as the President. 

Naderi was nominated by UNDP for the N-Peace Award in 2012 and won the award on behalf of Afghanistan. 

Naderi was also selected as a YGL 2016 by the World Economic Forum. 

From (12 December 2016) to (04 November 2018) Naderi was appointed as the Senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on UN Affairs. In this position Naderi led her team with UN counterparts to prepare the document of One UN with two attachments of mutual accountability and Action plan to the President. The document directs the activities of UN agencies in a more coordinated, effective and sustainable manner. 

Furthermore, Naderi opened the door of Arg to general public especially youth by establishing Arg and Citizen Debate, Citizen Wall and civil society dialogue. In the civil society dialogue her office hosted Gov and UN responsible people with the UN Women in Arg to listen to the concerns of different stakeholders including civil society to ensure that UN agencies and governmental institutions improve their coordination’s as well as to design their programs and provide their services based on people’s need. 

In June 2019, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi launched an artistic exhibition (including cloth design) under the title of War Vs Peace ‘Lungi Vs Chadari’. The exhibition aimed to raise voice against various discriminations and misuse of power as well as the continuation of vicious circle of violence and the importance of justice and equality within the Afghan society and country. The exhibition created debate within Afghanistan which was followed by mix reactions of different sectors in in the country including the house of senate, religious scholars, men, women and youth. 

Naderi strongly criticized the misuse of women in power as “decorative pieces around tables” and fought for the real representation of women in the peace process as well as their empowerment in decision making authorities. 

Later on in the recent Presidential election 2019, Naderi joined Dr Abdullah Abdullah’s electoral team as a deputy to CEO. She raised voice for decentralization of power and misuse of authority in the government especially against women. 

She won an award from the Belgian Independent Global Human Rights Organization in recognition of her activities in the development of democracy and institutionalization of Human Rights in September 2020. 

Naderi commenced her primary and secondary education in Afghanistan, completed her baccalaureate in 2001 in UK. In 2007, Naderi graduated from BA in Legal Studies from Westminster International University in Tashkent.

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