Hon. Shukria Barakzai MP

Hon. Shukria Barakzai
National Assembly of Afghanistan (Wolesi Jirga)
3rd line parliamentary group
Last Election: 
Upcoming Election: 
Member of the following: 
  • Chairwoman of the Defiance Committee
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Shukria Barakzai is a parliamentarian and a women rights activist in Afghanistan. After she was beaten on the streets of Kabul by the Taliban militants for being outdoors without a man, she became a women rights activist. She first founded a clandestine school for girls and later, when the Taliban forces were ousted from Kabul, Aina-E-Zan (“Women’s Mirror”), a national weekly newspaper which informs women in Afghanistan about recent developments in health care, education and civil society. Mrs. Barakzai is an outspoken critic of child marriages, forced marriages and home violence towards women. In 2003, she was appointed member of loya jirga, a representative body convened to discuss the Constitution of Afghanistan. In 2004 she was elected a member of the Lower House of the Afghanistan Parliament. Her outstanding public service has also received recognition outside Afghanistan. In 2004, Shukria Barakzai was named the International Editor of the Year by the World Press Review and Woman of the Year by the BBC radio program Woman’s Hour. Shukria Barakzai holds a degree in geology and archaeology from the University in Kabul.