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Jubilee PeaceWoman of the Month

October 2015

Human rights activist from Afghanistan

Sima Samar is our PeaceWoman during the anniversary month October. As first female deputy chair of Afghanistan during the interim government, she founded the Ministry of Women's Affairs, which she herself led. Sima Samar is a medical doctor who lives in Kabul and now heads the first independent human rights commission in the country. In 2012, she was awarded the alternative Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment.

Over 30 years of expertise and activism
Both as a woman and as a Hazara, one of the most persecuted minorities in Afghanistan, Sima Samar’s life has never been easy. During the Russian Occupation, her husband was picked up at home one night. Nobody ever heard of him again, a fate that many others share. Not least due to her own history, Sima Samar has continually strived to be a voice for the disenfranchised. Human and women's rights, livelihood projects and literacy campaigns for women are in the focus of her independent organization ‘Shuhada’. In order to change the mentality of a whole, Sima Samar is certain that we need to start at the very bottom with class books. This way new role models may arise in the context of universal human rights.

If you would like to meet Sima Samar personally, the 10th anniversary of PWAG provides an ideal platform. On October 22, 2015 at 15:00 o’clock, at the Münsterplatz in Bern, Sima Samar will talk peace - together with other international peace activists. On October 23, 2015 Sima Samar will participate in our panel discussion and later join the anniversary celebration. We look forward to seeing you!


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PeaceWomen Across the Globe is the successor organization of the initiative, 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize. We campaign for the equal participation of women in all levels of social and political activities, for the upholding of women's rights, and for an end to violence against women.