Bio : Quhramaana KAKAR Afghanistan Role Models for Peace
Quhramaana Kakar is a leading figure in Afghanistan working for women’s empowerment. She was the Gender Advisor for the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Program, to ensure that women’s interests are considered and integrated in the work of the High Peace Council and the Joint Secretariat for the High Peace Council. To this end, she has been developing gender responsive policies and organizing women groups to function as a pressure group to the government. She has been successful in obtaining formal seats for women in provincial peace councils, while also pursuing ways for women in the most volatile regions, such as Kandahar and Helmand, to participate in the peace process.
She has served as the Deputy Chief of Party on a higher education development program funded by USAID and was active in supporting a number of business start-ups for Afghan women through her work with Catholic Relief Services, including the development of women owned and women run IT businesses, providing job opportunities for those whose families who do not permit the women to work with men. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Management, an M.Phil in Economics and Financial Management, a Masters Degree in Public Policy and she was recently accepted to Cambridge University for a PhD on ‘The Role of Women in Peace Building in Afghanistan.’ Ms. Kakar aims to engage women and youth in the most insecure parts of the country towards creating peace and rebuilding Afghanistan.