Fawzia Koofi is one of the bravest and most confident young women you’ll meet. Education is partly responsible for that, and also, she’d tell you, her father’s good name as a legislator, but, what you learn when you meet her is that she owns herself.
Fawzia’s passage from child to determined woman onto political leadership is a journey like most of us only see in a documentary. Strategically and painstakingly, Fawzia has put women’s feet on the path to equality, even though the path is long and there are serious roadblocks, not just for Afghan women, but for many around the world. Fawzia is undaunted and holds the lamp high as she makes her way from one end of the globe to the other advocating for rights.
Fawzia is the first woman to serve as Deputy Speaker in Afghanistan’s Parliament. We could just stop there, but why? Understanding the value of education; something she had to acquire on her own, Fawzia has begun schools for children, has written a NY Times Bestseller, and works tirelessly on women and children’s rights. Fawzia’s diplomatic service includes global committees that work toward peace and her title has involved her in negotiations with the Taliban. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.
Fawzia shares her story and what’s yet to come with Frontrunners Innovate Producer and Host, Mary Kurek, and Co-Host, Federation of International Gender and Human Rights Ambassador Ghazala Khan.
Meet Fawzia Koofi. (46-minute video) Note: During this interview, Fawzia’s connection failed a couple of times, but, it gave Ambassador Khan and Mary Kurek an opportunity to talk about relating issues, particularly Ambassador Khan’s own experience as a woman in her own home country of Pakistan.
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