Biography of Fawzia Koofi, Member of the Negotiating Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Fawzia Koofi was born in 1975 to a political family in Kof Ab district of Badakhshan province.
She holds a bachelor's degree in law and political science from Kabul University and a master's degree in interna-tional relations and human rights from the University of Diplomacy in Geneva. She is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Eng-lish and Urdu languages.
Ms. Koofi established a home school for girls deprived of education during the Taliban regime. She then worked for two years in international organization. Ms. Kofi has been in charge of Child Protection at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for six years.
Fawzia Koofi served as the deputy and representative of the people of Badakhshan province in the 15th term of Wolesi Jirga (Parliament). She is the first woman in the history of the country to hold such a position. In the 16th term of the Wolesi Jirga, she also worked as a member of the Wolesi Jirga and chair of the Women's Affairs, Human Rights and Civil Society Commission.
Ms. Koofi is an active figure in the field of women’s rights in Afghanistan and has played an active role in the enactment of protective laws for women and children, particularly the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Law on the Protection of Children in Afghanistan.
She was one of the allies of Hanif Atmar, one of the candidates for the presidency of Afghanistan in the 2019 presidential election. She is the leader of Movement of Change for Afghanistan Party and is the first woman to lead a political party in Afghanistan.
Ms. Koofi is the author of “Letters to My Daughters” book. She has won numerous international awards for her advocacy of human rights and women's rights.
Ms. Koofi has been awarded the "Emerging World Leader" title by the World Economic Forum and "50 Women with Bold Thought" by the Atlantic Council.