An Afghan doctor, Dr. Samar has been honored with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the John Humphrey Freedom Award for her efforts to strengthen the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan and in refugee camps on the Northern border of Pakistan.
Dr. Samar is the chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Before chairing the commission, she was elected as the vice chair of the emergency Loya Jirga in 2002. In 2001, Dr. Samar was chosen to be the first deputy chair and minister of women’s affairs in the interim administration of Afghanistan.
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Dr. Samar was forced to flee to Pakistan after her husband was arrested. In Pakistan, Dr. Samar worked to set up medical services for Afghan refugees. In 1987, she helped open the first hospital for women, staffed by women in Quetta, Pakistan. In 1989, she established the Shuhada Organization, a non-governmental and non-profit organization committed to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan with special emphasis on the empowerment of women and children.
Dr. Samar’s visit is co-sponsored by Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies Program, Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies, the International Museum of Women, and the Marin Women’s Commission. Tickets are $25. To RSVP, please call 415-499-6195.
Posted November 2, 2006