Gender Advisor in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission
Farkhunda Saamy is a Gender Advisor in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) for GTZ, where she specializes in capacity development programs and women’s empowerment. Working inside the Afghan government has provided Ms. Saamy with a strong analytical framework for understanding the situation of Afghan women, and in particular the role of Islam in the state and how this affects women's daily lives. Ms. Saamy has experience working in the UN, ICRC, and GTZ- Gender Mainstreaming. She has worked for different national and international organizations focusing on women’s rights, including the Shelter Program, the International committee of the Red Cross, and Omar International. Her focus within these organizations has been on education and empowerment programs and providing practical support for vulnerable women. Her recent participation in a conference on The Rights of Women in the Holy Qur'an has confirmed her interest in feminist readings of Islam and her desire to access Islamic scholars and networks. Ms. Saamy has expert knowledge in issues relating to gender equality, and in advocating for women's rights and justice. Her goal is to contribute to the economic growth of Afghanistan via business development for women. She holds an Executive Master's degree in Business Administration, from Preston University, Peshawar, Pakistan.