Akbar, Shaharzad Mrs.
|Akbar, Shaharzad Mrs.
|Date of birth
|AIHRC Chairperson Independent Human Rights Commission
|History and Biodata
1. AIHRC Chairperson:
The nine commissioners of the AIHRC as of 20190718 are:
Mrs. Sharzad Akbar Shaharzad Akbar daughter of Ismail Akbar was born in 1987 in Jawzjan province. Akbar’s family fled the country when the Taliban rose to power, returning not long after the 2001 invasion. After graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts, she became the first Afghan woman to get a master’s degree at Oxford (Wolfson), U.K. in 2011. Shaharzad Akbar has a mixed ethnic background (Hazara?/Uzbek). She has become the first Afghan woman to study at Oxford University after defying the Taliban to get an education (20091120). During her childhood Akbar risked her life to learn to read and write, fearful that she would be caught and punished by the Taliban who did not believe women should be educated. She was one of the first students to receive the new Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship set up to help people from emerging economies. Akbar is doing a Development Studies masters at Oxford's Department of International Development.. She is in the second year (20110308) of an MPhil in development studies on the Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership programme.Akbar has worked in various governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations. She has also served as deputy to the National Security Council and senior adviser to President in Councils’ affairs.
The latest appointments by the government has sparked objections of the presidential runners who have repeatedly raised their voices regarding the issue which comes months before the presidential elections. In 2017, she was selected by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.