What does it mean to be an Afghan woman in Kabul today? What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Afghanistan has been through so much since I was born, but in addition to conflict, I have seen opportunities. I want to share these with you and deepen your understanding of Afghan women. I will share with you first-hand experience of Afghan women entrepreneurs, challenges they faces in their communities, and the growing number of success stories. When an Afghan woman succeeds, she is not the only one reaping benefits. I'll show you how successful women increase their families' incomes, change social norms, and improve the economic, health and social prospects of their children.
I was selected as the Afghanistan representative for the annual Summit of Girls-20, a female empowerment program, in Beijing, China last year. Moreover, I have written my Bachelor's Degree thesis on female entrepreneurship as a way to reduce poverty in Afghanistan. I am the Founder of the organization, 40 Splendid Girls, that seeks to empower Afghan women by providing seed funding for entrepreneurship. I have been a guest speaker on several Afghan national television programs, sharing my views about female empowerment in Afghanistan.
I have had the good fortune to study outside of Afghanistan and view my country from the outside. Being an international student opened my eyes to the biases and misconceptions with which other people view my country. That's why I believe that it's so important to share my experience.