Samira Hamidi

Samira Hamidi

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As a freelance consultant, Samira Hamidi conducts research and evaluation and organizes trainings on women’s rights, human rights, and civil society issues. She is also a Board Member of the Afghan Women’s Network, comprised of more than 90 women’s organizations and 5,000 individuals. Previously she was director of AWN, where she worked with civil society groups, the government, and UN agencies.

Ms. Hamidi has contributed to the women’s rights agenda through her different roles and responsibilities since 2004. She has focused on policy advocacy; contributed to strategic decisions on the women’s empowerment agenda; designed and conducted conferences, trainings, workshops and advocacy events; and participated in lobby initiatives at the national and international level. As a gender coordinator for the UN Development Programme, Ms. Hamidi convinced the Afghan Interior Ministry to establish a department to ensure that gender is considered in every policy decision. She organized the first training for senior ministry officials on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which requires that women be fully involved in every part of a peace process, and she led a six-week course for more than 300 police officers on ending violence against women. Ms. Hamidi was a member participant of the National Peace Consultative Jirga in 2010 and Loya Jirga in 2011. She was an elected civil society speaker to the Tokyo International Conference on Afghanistan in 2012.

Ms. Hamidi holds an LLM in international human rights law and practice from University of York in the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Preston University in Pakistan and is certified to train others using The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Women Waging Peace Curriculum. She received a national award in 2010 acknowledging AWN’s critical role in the peace process and received the Afghan Presidential Medal for her participation in the National Peace Consultative Jirga.

Last Updated: January 2016