We Are All Afghanistan

Afghan Women Leaders Reflect on the Past and the Way Forward





On October 15, 2021, Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) convened an online, public conversation with former Minister for Women's Affairs in Afghanistan, Sima Samar, and former Governer of Bamyan Province, Habiba Sarabi, moderated by former UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid and WLP Founder and President Mahnaz Afkhami. Audience members were from around the world, including directors of WLP’s partner organizations in Asia, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A question and answer session, moderated by WLP Executive Director, Allison Horowski, followed the conversation.


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Author Biographies

Mahnaz Afkhami, Women's Learning Partnership

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) is Founder, President Emerita, and Special Advisor of Women’s Learning Partnership, and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran.

Thoraya Obaid, Women's Learning Partnership

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid is a Saudi politician and diplomat who served as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund from 2000 to 2010. From 2013 to 2016 she was a member of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia.

Allison Horowski, Women's Learning Partnership

Allison Horowski (USA) is the Executive Director of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP). Previously, she coordinated the creation and publishing of WLP's training curricula and managed WLP's Global Training of Trainers program. Allison's past work includes serving as a consultant for Women Deliver and providing research assistance for the Global Women's Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She earned her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in gender and development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She earned her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University.

Image 4: by Shamsia Hassani