Mahbouba Seraj

Mahbouba SerajMahbouba Seraj was born in Kabul Afghanistan. She graduated from Malalai High School for girls and Kabul University, and is now working on her Masters Degree on line. After 26 years in exile, she returned to her beloved Afghanistan at the end of 2003, and has been working with the women and children of Afghanistan ever since. She is the creator and announcer of a radio program for women by the name of “Our Beloved Afghanistan by Mahbouba Seraj” which has been broadcasted all over Afghanistan. She also established Women’s Listening Circles in the villages of Afghanistan, where women would gather to listen and discuss different topics of previously recorded radio programs. She has been a tireless advocate for women’s rights, pushing for women’s participation in the Peace Jirga, as well as in the High Peace Council. She and other women advocates were responsible in raising women participation at the 2011 BONN conference and 2012 Tokyo Conference on” Afghanistan after 2014.”

She is the founder and director of Organization for Research in Peace and Solidarity or ORPS, working in Afghanistan for Peace and Reintegration Programs, she is a tireless advocate against corruption at all levels she believes that corruption is the mother of all evils in Afghanistan and in the world, the International Community and Afghan army might win some battles here and there, but will lose the war if nothing is done to stop corruption, because it is corruption which feeds and strengthens the Taliban. She recently with a group of people from Mundol District of Nuristan (one of the most remote provinces of Afghanistan) has created a face book page called” Nouristan Watch”. Her goal is to try and stop corruption in Nouristan, by involving Afghan people especially the young generation of Afghans who are into Social Media. She is also Executive Board Member and Chair of Afghan Women Network or AWN, the biggest women network in Afghanistan. Ms Seraj is also very much interested in education, her recent works through her consultancy projects have been on two studies on Girls Participation in Higher Education and most recently co-producing a study on Tertiary Education for Afghan Women.

She is a member of Afghan Women Coalition Against Corruption (AWCC).