As a peace activist, Farida Azizi has worked to promote the human rights of Afghan women through her work within the aid community, and through her advocacy at the international level.
While a program officer for the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) Afghanistan Program from 1996-2000, Farida supervised the women’s program, implemented by NCA’s 20 partner organizations. Her responsibilities included capacity-building programs for Afghan women in the peace-building and rehabilitation of Afghanistan.
Her regular travel inside Afghanistan has put her in close contact with women from diverse regions. She has taken their stories to United Nations panels, CNN, The Washington Post, syndicated radio, and network television, stressing the necessity to integrate and elevate women in public life.
Following her testimony before the U.S. Senate on women’s roles in rebuilding Afghanistan, Farida was invited to introduce President George W. Bush at the signing of the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act in 2001.
Farida was one of the founding members of the Cooperation for Peace and Unity, a network committed to developing peace capacities at the grassroots level. She is also a member of the Afghan Women’s Network, based in Peshawar, Pakistan.
For Farida, if the voices of women are threatened, peace and development are not possib