I am a Pashtun-Canadian woman who is very passionate about international development and humanitarian issues around the world. I consider myself an artist of sorts, and I am a mommy, writer/blogger, artist, academic, and a little bit of everything else. I actively blog for the Express Tribune Blogs and Safe World for Women. I’ve also contributed a couple articles to the Huffington Post, and hope to contribute more in the near future.
I am also a member of the Pashtun Organization for Women (POW) — a non-profit organization dedicated to helping and empowering Pashtun women, living in Afghanistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Our aim is to build schools, create micro-credit programs, development programs, and liaise with various humanitarian organizations like the United Nations, for example, to help aid in the social and economic development of Afghan/Pashtun women.
I have dedicated my life to research, academia, and philanthropy as this is something that I’ve always wanted to do: Teach (Professorship), research, and work for my people (Pashtuns). I want to shed light on the issues they are currently facing, and perhaps even come up with sound, logical solutions to some of the problems.
I’d like to leave my readers with one of my most favourite quotes:
“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).” – Ghanian Proverb