Fawzia Koofi - the first female in the Afghan parliament to be elected as Second Deputy Speaker- is an Afghan lawmaker and a member of Afghanistan peace delegation team designated to negotiate a political settlement to the country’s long conflict with the Taliban, she is also an accomplished author, and internationally known outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children, democracy, and moderate Islam. Not only does she head the parliament’s Women Affairs Commission, she has humanized the otherwise faceless international discussion of the struggles and abuse of Afghan women, she is on the forefront of educating the international community as to the consequences for her, and other advocates of reform should the international community and their security forces be withdrawn. Koofi was titled as the brave thinker of 2012 by the Atlantic Magazine, BBC 100 women and 100 most influential women. Koofi survived many assassination plots. The recent one was on August 15, 2020 when gunmen opened fire on car leaving her injured on one arm.
Koofi started her political career in 2001 when she began to promote a “Back To School” campaign targeted at the rights of women in Afghanistan to an education. By 2002 she took employment as a Child Protection Officer with UNICEF, and in 2005 she was elected as a parliamentary representative for Badakhshan province, her native region in the rural mountains of northern Afghanistan.