Nazifa Haqpal

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Thesis title
Securing Women’s Rights: A Critical Analysis of the Legal and Institutional Initiatives in the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Post-2001 Afghanistan
Internal Supervisors
Dr Vanja Hamzić & Professor Martin W Lau


Nazifa Haqpal is a former Afghan diplomat and a development practitioner. She has worked in key positions with the Afghan government and international organisations including UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) and ActionAid Afghanistan team. Her roles hugely revolved around advocacy, research, diplomacy, policy-making and strategic communication with diverse and multilateral stakeholders including UK and US governments. Her interest in social justice, social transformation through state-building, peacebuilding, promotion of human rights, and empowerment of women, stems from her intuition and apprehension of socio-cultural issues of Afghan society.

Nazifa has obtained her LLB in law and politics from the Law and Political Science faculty of Kabul University, and a master’s degree in International Security and Diplomacy from the University of East Anglia-UK.

In addition to her academic qualifications, she has participated and attended several international training programs and conferences in and outside Afghanistan e.g Executive Seminars on security and national interest in National Défense University Washington DC, Foreign Service Institute of US Depart of State, UK houses of Parliament, etc. She also appears in Afghani and international media outlets such as BBC World News, BBC Pashto and VOA Pashto.

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