Noorjahan Akbar is an out-spoken women and human right's 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 on Al Jazeera, and 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 BA 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 Forbes's 100 Most Powerful Women of the World, AAUW’s Woman of Distinction and one of The Daily Beast's Women Who Shake the World. She has appeared on Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC, and Fox News to discuss Afghan women’s issues.


Sub-specialties: Women’s rights and issues, feminism, Afghan women, gender-based violence, education, the intersection of international development and women’s rights.

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