Palwasha Hassan is the director of Afghan Women’s Educational Center.  She holds a master’s degree in Post-war Recovery Studies from York University, UK and has been former fellow in United States Institute of Peace.   She is a dedicated Women’s Rights activist pioneering many critical work for promotion of Women’s rights and civil society in Afghanistan that includes first women legal support organization Roazana, Women and street Children Center, Madadgar Women and Children Safe Home Network, Irfan Cultural Center among others.  She is a strong advocate on women peace building and political participation.
Palwasha Hassan started her career as volunteer with AWEC while pursuing her school as refugee in Pakistan.  As a young women activist she  laid the foundation of Afghan Women Network (AWN), a visionary movement of women which up today is playing pivotal role in Women’s right lobby in the country from last twenty years.


     Key Achievement:

  • One of the 1000 women nominees for Noble Peace AWARD Initiative from Afghanistan.
  •  Civil Society designated speaker in Afghanistan Development Forum 2003, 2004.
  • Civil Society designated speaker and representative in Tokyo (2002) and Kabul (2010).
  • Civil Society nominee for Women Ministry 2010.
  • First Afghan as head country director of International Organization in Afghanistan Rights and Democracy and later Child Fund International Afghanistan country office.
  • Founding member of Human rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC).