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Afghan Voices: Pashtana Durrani
Afghanistan is complex, diverse, and changing. In ‘Afghan Voices’ we invite Afghans from a variety of perspectives to reflect on the past twenty years—from the US invasion in 2001 to the Taliban takeover in 2021. In doing so, they link their own personal stories to questions about Afghanistan’s past and future.

Pashtana Durrani is an activist, educator, innovator, and writer. She is currently Executive Director of LEARN Afghanistan, Global Youth Representative for Amnesty International, a Malala Fund Education Champion Award winner, and contributes to Afghanistan Times and Kabul Times.

Pashtana started her journey as an activist and human rights defender. She is now a community development expert focusing on digital literacy, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SHRH), Menstrual Health Management (MHM), and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). She is the Founder and Director of the grassroots-level non-profit LEARN Afghanistan. Through LEARN's project Soraya, she has educated 7,000 girls and boys in Kandahar. Through Project Ayesha Durrani, she has trained more than 80 teachers in digital literacy. Through LEARN's Project Malalai, Durrani has reached out to 150 girls and trained them in Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Pashtana received the Malala Fund Education Champion award and received a Development Fellowship on sexual and reproductive healthcare from the Aspen Institute. She is also a board member of the UNDP GEF steering committee.

Pashtana is also the winner of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize for 2021.

Jan 27, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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