When the Taliban seized power in August 2021, hundreds of women’s rights activists fled Afghanistan, fearing reprisals from the militant group. But Mahbouba Seraj, one of the most prominent rights campaigners in the country, refused to leave, even though she holds a US passport, the media reported.
Despite intimidation from the Taliban, the 75-year-old Mahbouba Seraj has continued to advocate for the rights of women and girls and operate a network of shelters for women fleeing domestic abuse, Radio Free Europe (RFE)/Radio Liberty (RL) reported.
Mahbouba Seraj‘s work and courage were recognized when she was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month. She was nominated jointly with Narges Mohammadi, the jailed Iranian human rights activist and lawyer. The winner is expected to be announced in October.
In announcing the nominees on February 1, the Peace Research Institute Oslo said both women have shone “a spotlight on the non-violent struggle for human rights” and are “highly deserving nominees to share the prize, based on their tireless efforts to improve women’s rights in Iran and Afghanistan,” RFE/RL reported. For a detailed story, visit: Awaz The Voice.
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