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Transforming Lives

Fereshta Abbasi poses with the flag of Afghanistan at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in D.C

May 2014—Fereshta Abbasi always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Now, as a law graduate, adviser to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the first Afghan national to serve as a judge in the world’s largest international moot court competition, she has actualized her ambitions.

Members of the District Development Assembly during training in Kandahar

April 2014—In Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, villagers play a critical monitoring role for local development projects. However, many of these representatives, who are elected to serve for their District Development Assemblies, do not have monitoring experience.

Taimani Ha tribal leaders embrace after agreement on peace deal, December 2013.

April 2014—The Ghori and the Qashqa, two sub-tribes of the Taimani Ha tribe in the Chaghcharan district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, have been in violent conflict since 1984.

An actor performs at the Supreme Court’s radio studio, recording his voice for a radio drama promoting women’s rights.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have joined forces and taken to the airwaves to pro-mote greater public awareness of women’s rights.  
More than 600 women have learnt about their inheritance rights at workshops organized by USAID in Jalalabad and Kabul

Toorpekai’s thriving new business and boundless self-confidence illustrate the change that can come about when Afghan women learn that they have legal rights. Four decades after she lost her father, Toorpekai received her share of his property, changing her life forever.


Last updated: March 08, 2016

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