Maryam Durani Maryam

Maryam Durani is from Afghanistan. She earned a degree in Business from the American University of Afghanistan and has also studied Law and Political Science at Payame Noor University, Iran.

At the age of 21, Maryam did not let her age curb her determination to ensure a better future for her community; she was elected as a Kandahar Provincial Council Member, where she continues to serve as a role model and advocate for women and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

She has also served in other positions; the director of Khadijatul Kubra – the Cultural and Social Association, and is also the founder of the Kandahar women’s advocacy network. She has earned the World Ten Brave Women’s award in 2012, and the bRave Woman Award from the State of Pennsylvania, and was listed on the World 100 Influential Figure’s Award. Maryam has also achieved the Women’s Rights Protector’s Award from Washington, Iraq, and Afghanistan Female Peace Activist’s Appreciation Network from Turkey.