This woman has done a tun for women around the world – is being honored for her work

Congratulations go out to Seema Ghani who won the Bond Outstanding Individual Award, an international development award, on Monday in London. Ms. Ghani has done quite a lot in her life. According to Reuters she has worked as a civil servant, campaigner, management consultant and poet in both Afghanistan and Britain.
Thanks to the civel war in Afghanistan she fled her homeland and found her way to London.
After the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, she decided to come home to help rebuild her country in 2002.
“There’s a bit of a patriot in me, I thought I had to give something back,” Ghani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the Bond Annual Conference, where she received the award.
She has a big heart. Wanting to help her country’s war orphans, Ghani adopted 16 Afghan children aged 3 to 17 as a single woman.
After stints at the finance and labour ministries, she co-founded the People’s Movement Against Corruption and later the Afghan Women’s Charter to tackle graft and increase women’s participation in politics and business.
“As a woman you just have to be extra loud,” said Ghani. “My friends see me now and ask ‘what’s happened to you, Seema? You look like a man! she joked.
As chair of Hand in Hand Afghanistan, an Afghan charity that fights poverty, she oversaw training that helped create thousands of businesses in remote areas of the war-torn country – with women making up 70 percent of the trainees. This is fantastic!
“I like to say we don’t give people fish, we teach them how to fish,” said Ghani. “There is a tendency in Afghanistan to just rely on donor money – I’d rather help people stand on their own feet. As well as women, Ghani hopes to reach other marginalised communities.
“Life as a refugee in Afghanistan is a nightmare and it’s going to get worse,” she said.
“We need to get serious about job creation programmes rather than just promising refugees a better future, or they will have no choice but to leave. I wish her luck!


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