Head, NOOR Educational Center (NEC)
Jamila Afghani heads the Noor Educational Center (NEC), a local Afghan women’s NGO serving women, youth, and children. The NEC is dedicated to building capacity and leading educational activities, including establishing libraries. Since 2000, Ms. Afghani has been working as an activist in the area of gender & human rights from an Islamic perspective and a consultant with national and international organizations in management, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation. She raises awareness of issues surrounding women’s rights within an Islamic perspective through media, round tables, group discussions, workshops, and seminars. Ms. Afghani believes that social mobilization for positive change towards women will be the key instrument for paving the way for gender equality and that Islamic teachings are essential to influencing human behavior, especially in a cultural-based society like Afghanistan. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations & Sharia Law from Peshawar Pakistan. She is married to a prominent Islamic scholar, who supports her work and organization. They have a 2 year old baby son.