Hasina Jalal, a founding member of the National Association of Afghanistan Civil Society and board member of Freedom Message Newspaper is one of the five young women in Asia who recently won the 2014 N-Peace Award. She was awarded recognitin in the category of Public Vote for Untold Stories-Women Transforming their Communities. Other winners in the same category were from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
In winning the award, Hasina demonstrated that young women in Afghanistan are capable of contributing to peace and development despite the many social, economic and political obstacles and the enormous threats to their security. Recent events in Afghanistan witnessed women activists and defenders of human rights being assassinated by enemies of the people. In the culture of Afghanistan, a young women like Hasina is not expected to play active roles in public life, much less become an activist.
Hasina focuses in helping raise the voices of young women through her leadership in education and training of youth, promoting partnerships and collaboration among women’s groups, advocacy, and capacity building of non-profit organizations. She works to bring together the voices of people who are being marginalized by violence, poverty, and isolation. She believes that collective power of the dis-empowered is key to equality, democracy and a peaceful and more progressive life for all.
As co-founder and board member of the Afghani weekly Freedom Message Newspaper, an activist tabloid that exposes abuses of women’s rights and promotes freedom of expression, tolerance and understanding of democratic principles and laws on human rights, Hasina encourages women in communities to write their news and opinions about their lives. Through speeches and direct engagement with the people, Hasina amplifies the clamor for attention to the lives of people who have less in life. She is a real inspiration to the next generation of women leaders in the country.
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