Hassina Neekzad is a political and human rights activist for women and children’s rights in the Herat province, Afghanistan. After earning an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language, Hassina went on to complete two Master’s degrees in Linguistics. Following this, she returned to Herat as a professor at Herat University, where she taught for two years.
Now, Hassina is the Provincial Director at the Afghan Women’s Network, where she has campaigned on behalf of Afghan women for over 11 years. In this role, Hassina has taught English to service users, promoted civil advocacy activities, expanded cooperation with women of Western provinces, and involved women in the peace process through capacity building.
The Network itself advocates and lobbies both at a national and international level for addressing violence against women, youth empowerment, and girl’s education. AWN pressurises governments, pushes legislative reforms, and promotes the voices of Afghan women in building peace.
Hassina has trained over 30,000 women through her involvement with AWN, and has tirelessly advocated for freedom, peace, and gender equality, and for the eradication of violence against women in her province.