Expert Profile

Ms Fatema Jafari
Position(s) Rotary Peace Fellow and MA Candidate in Peace and Development, Bradford University

Fatema Jafari, Current Rotary Peace Fellow studying masters’ of peace, conflict and development in Bradford University is a women’s rights advocate and former councilwoman of Herat Provincial Council (2009-2020), where she served on a number of committees related to women’s rights in Afghanistan. As head of the family support committee for three years, she facilitated the creation of an umbrella group of roughly 80 women’s organizations to help coordinate their efforts. Previously she participated in three Loya Jirga Assemblies (consultative councils) for peace and security issues from 2009–2013 and recently the Peace Loya Jirga on April 2019 . She has worked on several advocacy campaigns opposing violence against women and has pressed for greater respect for women’s rights at the national level. During 2014-2019, Fatema has also worked as deputy director of Neswan Association, an Afghan civil society organization dedicated to women’s empowerment through providing vocational training. On April 2012, Fatema was invited to the U.S. for the International Visitors Leadership Program, where she attended training, visits and meetings on good governance. Fatema Jafari is graduated from bachelor of law and political science on 2014. She participated in two prestigious fellowships in United states, Reagan Fascell fellowship at National Endowment for democracy and Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellowship at Yale University on 2016 and as a result she wrote a book titled “Women political participation in Afghanistan”. Fatema was a member of steering committee of PROMOTE-MUSHARIKAT coalitions and member of peace and access to justice committee (2017) and also Mothers of Peace Program of High peace Council (2018). Also, Fatema is a member of advisory board of Voice of Women Organization which mainly ran shelters for women. Recently, she did a research on the role of Afghan women in fighting corruption in Afghanistan as part of her policy leader fellowship in European University Institute (September 2019-July 2020).

Participating in upcoming course/event
27 June 2022