Afghan Biographies

Naderi, Farkhunda Zahra Nadiri Nadery

Name Naderi, Farkhunda Zahra Nadiri Nadery
Ethnic backgr. Hazara
Date of birth 1981
Function/Grade Senior adviser of President Ashraf Ghani on United Nations a
History and Biodata

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi
Phone: 0700289215

2. Previous Functions:
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Kabul
Senior adviser of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on United Nations affairs (201612159, 20171108)

3. Biodata:
Naderi_ZahraMrs. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was born 1981 in Kayan Village, Baghlan province and currently lives in Kabul. She is the daughter of the Afghan spiritual Ismaili religious leader, MNA Sayed Mansoor Naderi.

Naderi finished her primary and secondary education in Kabul and Baghlan provinces and completed her baccalaureate in 2001, at Harrow Girl’s High School, in the United Kingdom. She then entered college in England and completed her studies in Tashkent. In 2004, Naderi joined the Law Faculty at the Westminster International University in Tashkent, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Legal Studies in 2007. In 2008, she was a scholar in the International Conference of Munster University International Model of United Nations (MUIMUN), where she was given an outstanding participation award by the International Court of Justice.

Naderi volunteered as an English translator at the Women’s Wellness Center in Tashkent, which focuses on Afghan women. After completing her degree, she returned to Afghanistan and participated in various political, social and cultural activities. In 2000, she joined the Hezbe- Paiwand Milli Afghanistan to encourage women’s participation in politics and to get involved with the youth. In 2007, the Central Council of the party appointed Naderi to be head of the Women’s Committee and  Youth Association. Since then, she has successfully developed the organizational structure for the Economic, Cultural, Disciplinary and Sports Committees; the weekly publication of the Party’s Youth Association; an educational center; the party Knowledge House; a scholarship for youth in higher education; and various sports clubs and music teams. Naderi also took on the reconstruction of the Hakim Nasir Khusrow Balkhi Cultural Center and Public Library, founded by her father.

Commission (2012): Women’s Affairs, Civil Society and Human Rights. Naderi got the title of peace ambassador by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in 2010. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Qahramana Kakar and Amena Azimi, all of them women’s rights activists, were announced as UNDP’s N-Peace Award winners in the Philippines.(20121015)

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi criticized the government for not giving higher priority for implementation of violence against women act. “President Karzai rarely talks on violence on women and yet the government has not provided high priority for it, however it is an important national problem. We have 2014 and election ahead. We shall discuss it seriously with the potential presidential candidates and make them include it to their national plans.” (20130316)

Kabul MP Baktash Seyawash, who has been absent since June 2015 as a sign of protest against President Ghani’s extension of the current parliament’s term wants to come back. Two other MPs have been boycotting plenary sessions for the same reason – Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and Ramazan Bashardost. While there has been no word from Naderi since June of last year, Bashardost, who said on 10 June 2015 that, “people say MPs traded with the government leaders on extending the Parliament term in exchange for collecting votes in their favour in the second round of presidential elections,” came back to the house a month ago. Seyawash has also expressed an interest in re-joining the Wolesi Jirga (possibly because of the lack of a realistic date for the end of this parliament and new elections). He has now said he will continue his boycott until the Administrative Board officially asks him to return.(20160531)

According to a President Decree, Ms. Naderi’s appointment is approved for the post as President’s senior adviser for the United Nations Affairs in accordance with the Paragraph 13 and Article 64 of the Afghan constitution for the addition of this high level government position.

The former female lawmaker in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, continued to serve as a prominent women’s rights activist after her term ended as a member of the parliament.(20161215)

She is single.

Naderi speaks Dari, Russian and English.

Last Modified 2017-08-11
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