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Afghan Woman (Anonymous)

2024 Cohort

Fellowship Type:

Applicant Led


Hazarajat Region, Afghanistan

Fellowship Location:

Hazarajat Region, Afghanistan

Due to security risks associated with the Taliban's laws against education for girls, Mountaintop is keeping the identity of this Fellow anonymous on all public documents.

What inspired you to join Mountaintop?

"I was inspired to join the Mountaintop Fellowship by the opportunity to apply learned skills immediately in real-world projects. The empirical and hands-on approach offered aligns perfectly with my goal of tackling real-world challenges."

This Fellow is a member of the Hazara community, one of the most persecuted groups in Afghanistan, and is a female teacher living under Taliban rule.

Being the first in her family to attend school, she has served for the past three years as an English teacher. After the Taliban takeover in August 2021, she was forced to end her undergraduate education because of her gender and began resisting by organizing peaceful protests and initiating online teaching for girls who no longer could legally access education. Other achievements include working as a volunteer vaccinator in her community, as well as a peace ambassador for a youth group calling for a peace resolution between the Taliban and the former government. She plans to complete her undergraduate degree through an online education program in 2024.

For her fellowship, she will launch a school which aims to empower Afghan girls by providing online education in English, business life skills, leadership, and women’s empowerment to low-income girls in her region. She will conduct community outreach to identify girls that are most in need, provide them with funds to cover Internet costs, and recruit other teachers to scale up her educational initiative. In the long term, she aspires to be at the forefront of the fight for social justice and women's rights in Afghanistan and to grow her school.

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