By meghna at 17 March, 2010, 2:11 pm
- Hillary Clinton And Michelle Obama Announce Int’l Women of Courage Award(Wazhma Frogh)
Wazhma Frogh needs no introduction. She has been awarded 2009 US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Wazhma is presently pursuing her masters in international development law and human rights at Warwick University, U.K. She writes on her blog wazhmafrogh.blogspot.com – and has written for newspapers, including the Washington Post and The Guardian.
She has made difference in lives of many. Her work has been recognized worldwide. She has devoted the last decade of her life to mobilization for social change to benefit women’s rights in Afghanistan, focusing on such issues as women and security, legislative reform including the recent Elimination of Violence a participation.
She is a leading expert on the issues of gender-based violence and has worked tirelessly on the elimination of violence against women in Afghanistan. Frogh started her career at the age of 17, working with the most vulnerable women and children in refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan, bringing the voices of the camps to the national and international arenas though her media reporting.
Later on, she stepped into women empowerment through community-based approaches, and mobilized women’s development projects during the Taliban regime. While these efforts were organized in Peshawar, Pakistan, Frogh traveled frequently back to Afghanistan’s most insecure provinces to carry out her work.
She has also been associated with development projects with the UN and international organizations. She has also participated in the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University and the Law and Leadership Program at George Washington University, both in the United States.
A frequent representative and spokesperson to the regional and international arenas, Ms. Frogh is an outspoken advocate on improving women’s participation in the peace processes and conflict resolution mechanisms in Afghanistan and recently has been selected to participate in a series of regional peace dialogues between Afghan and Pakistan women to discuss common areas of concern and activism for regional security and stability.
It is an honor to be associated with Wazhma. She would contribute to legal drift whenever possible. Her posts would help our readers to understand the socio-legal situations in Afghanistan.