Fellowship period: 1 February 2018 - 30 April 2018
Fatema Jafari is a women’s rights advocate and public official, recently reelected as a member of the Provincial Council of Herat. The Provincial Council (PC) serves as a local parliament whose main job is to consult Governors on provincial issues and monitor governmental directorates. In this role, she has served on a number of committees related to women’s rights in Afghanistan. As head of the family support committee, she facilitated the creation of an umbrella group of around 80 women’s organizations to help coordinate their efforts. She has participated in three consultative councils, worked on several advocacy campaigns opposing violence against women and has pressed for greater respect for women’s rights at the national level. In December 2016, Fatema wrote a book entitled “Women’s political participation and good governance in Afghanistan,” in which she examined women’s political participation in recent decades. She is a Reagan-Fascell Fellow by National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and was a Yale University World Fellow from February-December 2016. During her fellowship at the EUI, Fatema wishes to learn about international policies and strategies to improve women’s political participation and will write a paper at the end of the fellowship. Moreover, she is planning to transfer and disseminate her acquired knowledge and experience to Afghan women through her network of peer politicians, civil society members and women activists by holding workshops and advocacy events.