Afghan women’s rights activist nominated for Sakharov Prize

Afghan women’s rights activist nominated for Sakharov Prize

October 14, 2021 Off By
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Al-Araby

A prominent Afghan women’s rights activist who fled her country after the Taliban took over on 21 August has pledged to continue her work in exile, prompting a nomination for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Mary Akrami founded the Afghan Women’s Network, an alliance of NGOs dedicated to supporting women in the war-torn country, and she also established shelters for women who have experienced domestic abuse in Kabul. Akrami fled Afghanistan in 1996 when the Taliban first took over and remained in neighbouring Pakistan until the US-led invasion in 2001. The 45-year-old returned to Afg…

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