Two Afghan girls Sarah Wahidi and Summia Tora are among the 30 under 30 young influential figures listed in Forbes 2023 for their innovative works to support the people of Afghanistan.
Sarah Wahidi, the Founder and CEO of the Ehtesab application, which helps to assess security risks and Summia Tora for creating a Dosti Network “Friendship Network” have been chosen for their innovative works of helping Afghan refugees by Forbes Magazine.
The users of the Ehtesab application can report security risks to one another and receive alerts about them in a timely manner. Sarah Wahidi created this application in the Summer of 2020 amid an increase in Taliban attacks, which gained global popularity.
In 2021, Ms. Wahidi was named one of the leaders of Times Magazine’s young generation and in 2022, she was selected among the innovators under the age of 35 at MIT Technology Review. Currently, Sarah Wahidi studies Human Rights and Urban Public Space at Colombia University in the US.
The Forbes Magazine has written about the innovative work of Sarah Wahidi that users can assess firing, road blockage, blasts and other potential security threats and possibly save lives.
Meanwhile, Summia Tora is the founder of Dosti Network, an organization focused on providing Afghans access to resources and information to flee persecution in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and access global support networks.
Summia completed a Master’s of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and supporting Afghans to access safety through Dosti Network.
After the overthrow of the former Afghan government in August 2021, the Dosti Network launched a global effort to connect Afghans fleeing persecution with resources to resettle in a safe country and for those staying in Afghanistan to access needed resources.
For many, the network was considered a vital tool to stay up to date with the latest developments and evacuation efforts to flee the country to safer destinations.