SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

‘Development in the real world: The life journey of a women's rights activist from refugee camps in Pakistan to global advocacy’

Orzala Ashraf Nemat, SOAS

Date: 10 October 2012Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 10 October 2012Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Birkbeck Room: MS B35, Malet Street building

Type of Event: Seminar

Orzala Ashraf Nemat is currently a PhD candidate at SOAS. Her thesis is about “Negotiating Local Governance in Afghanistan: Interactions between international, governmental and local players”. She focuses on village level interactions within community structures and how outside interventions are shaping the local governance everyday practices. Orzala holds an MSc from UCL in Development Planning and has been a prominent civil society and women's rights activist in Afghanistan for the past 15 years. She is the founder of an Afghan led NGO Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) and served as its executive director between 1999-2007. Orzala has also served as board member of several women's rights and human rights organisations and networks in Afghanistan. She is an occasional contributor to The Guardian on women's rights, the Afghan conflict and world policies towards Afghanistan. She co-authored a chapter in David Chandler’s (et. al.) edited book called 'A liberal peace?' and has conducted various researches and reviews of the programs in conflict affected areas.

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