Afghan Biographies

Gilani, Fatana Said Mrs, Gailani

Name Gilani, Fatana Said Mrs, Gailani
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1954
Function/Grade Afghanistan Women Council (AWC)
History and Biodata

fatana_GailaniMrs. Fatana Said Gailani, was born in 1954 and comes from an influential family of Kabul. She has become one of the most prominent advocates of Afghan women's rights. After she sought refuge in Pakistan in late 1978 due to her opposition to the Communist regime of Noor Mohammad Tarraki, she began her humanitarian work in 1980 by providing medical assistance for Afghan refugees. Mrs. Gailani founded the Afghanistan Women Council (AWC) in 1986 and started its activities for human rights, women's rights, children's rights and peace building in 1993. The main objective of the organization is to enlighten women, improve their living conditions, and strengthen their socio-economic status in society by their multi-lateral involvement in developmental activities. The AWC is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian organization and is not affiliated with any political party. It was established in Peshawar, Pakistan, to serve Afghan refugees. After the regime change in 1992 AWC opened an office in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2001 AWC moved its head office to Kabul with regional offices in Kandahar and Jalalabad.

Reforms should be immediately brought to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and new people should be appointed as chairman, deputy chairman and commissioners of the IEC. These new people should be unbiased and honest," said Fatana Gailani, head of Afghan Women's Network.(20160410)

Gailani has an interesting family background. Her husband is Ishaq Gailani, head of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan. He is a nephew of Pir Ahmad Gailani, who is the leader of the Qadiriyya Sufist order. Pir Gailani is also the head of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA).

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