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Afghan Woman Awarded 2022 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Jamila Afghani, an educator, and human rights advocate, who has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to ensuring Afghan women’s access to education, received the seventh annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the awarding organization, held a series of high-profile charity-focused events in Venice, Italy, from October 14–16 to honor Jamila Afghani.

In addition to being a women and human rights activist, Afghani is also the founder of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, that not only provides literacy services but also psychological support and legal aid to numerous women.

Even though she is compelled to live abroad, in exile, Jamila continues to support others by donating cash to journalists, advocates, and human rights defenders.

“Our mission at Aurora is to recognize, celebrate and spread the work of humanitarians like Jamila Afghani around the world,” said Lord Ara Darzi, the Aurora Chair Prize Selection Committee, who later referred to Jamila as a “modern-day hero.”

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative awards the Aurora Prize each year as a gesture of gratitude to those who saved the Armenian Genocide survivors.

With a $1 million grant, which will be given with the prize, the laureate has the opportunity to support charities that aid those in need and continue the cycle of giving.

Educator, human rights advocate, and Aurora Prize laureate, Jamila Afghani was born in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, in 1976.

She is a role model for a strong Afghan woman whose existence has positively impacted and changed countless lives.

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