Afghan Biographies

Ghazanfar, Husn Bano Banu Prof. Dr.

Name Ghazanfar, Husn Bano Banu Prof. Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Uzbek
Date of birth 1957
Function/Grade ex Minister
History and Biodata

1. Former Ministers of Woman Affairs:
Habiba Sorabi, Dr. Masooda Jalal (Kapisa),
Dr. Suraya Rahim Sobhrang (200603 not confirmed by Wolesi Jirga),
Prof. Dr. Husn Bano Banu Ghazanfar, Uzbek (20060809), nominated again (20120215) Minister of Woman Affairs (20120305-20140930) Acting Minister of Women Affairs (20141001)
acting Minister of Women Affairs Mrs, Sayeda Muzhgan  (20141212)

Deputy women affairs minister:
Mrs. Sayeda Muzhgan Mustafahi, Syeda Muzhgan Mustafavi Mozhgan Mostafawi Sayeda Mujagan Mustfawi Sayda Muzghan Mustafawi (20090625, 20111128, 20121015, 20130103)

2. Previous Functions:
Lecturer in Literature Kabul University
Head of Literature Faculty Kabul University
Minister of Women Affairs Prof. Dr. Husn Bano Banu Ghazanfar, Uzbek (20060809), nominated again (20120215) Minister of Woman Affairs (20120305-20140930) Acting Minister of Women Affairs (20141001)
Acting Minister of Women Affairs (20141001)

3. Biodata:
ghazanfar_husn_banuMrs. Prof. Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar daughter of Abdul Ghafar was born in Balkh on February 1, 1957 (Dalwa 1336 of the local calendar) she graduated from Sultan Razia High School in Mazar-e-sharif and obtained her BA and Master's degree on Literature and Sociology from Stawarpool Qafqaaz in 1362 (of the local calendar). Right after she obtained her Master's degree she became the scientific cadre of the Literature Faculty of Kabul University.

After two years of service as a lecturer in the literature faculty of Kabul University, she went to Petersburg to obtain her Doctrine on Philology. She obtained her doctrine and returned to the country. In 1382, she was appointed as the Head of the Literature Faculty and was working in this post until she was appointed as the Minister for the Ministry of Women's Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In addition to the above-mentioned posts, she has worked as a member of the High Council of the Ministry of Higher Education, member of Speranto International Association of Women, member of the International Association of Turk Zabanan and member of the Board of Directors of Hakim Naser Khesro Balkhi Association. She is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and Russian and she knows a little Turkish and English. Her scientific articles and essays have been published in the national and international newspapers.

She is a poet and writes excellent works of literature. The books she has written are: The Human Fate, Predations in the 21st Century, The Secrets of Beauty and Attraction and she has translated the book titled Self Realization.

The Afghan parliament approved nominated ministers in the 20120305 session.
Husan Bano Ghazanfar winning 190 votes selected as Minister of Women Affairs.

Norway will host the Oslo Symposium on Advancing Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan.  The symposium is being organised in close cooperation with the Afghan and US authorities and civil society organisations. Rula Ghani, Afghanistan’s new first lady, will be among those attending the symposium. Professor Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Afghanistan’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, and a number of Afghan members of parliament and activists will also be in Norway to attend the symposium. (20141114)


Ghazanfar speaks Dari, Russian and a bit English.

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