January 6, 2022

Center for Global Affairs Announces Three Recipients of Afghan Crisis Fellowships

The NYU School of Professional Studies, Center for Global Affairs, in response to the August 2021 Taliban take-over of Afghanistan, created three openings for one-year non-residential Fellows for Afghans forced to flee because of their work, identities, or convictions. The Fellowships provide opportunities for Afghan scholars or leaders in civil society, government, politics or media, to pursue a program of research or advocacy in the area of Global Affairs, under the sponsorship of a CGA Faculty member, in 2022.

The Center for Global Affairs is pleased to announce the three awardees, selected from a wide range of applicants.

Hamed Ahmadi is a blogger, journalist, and peacebuilder from Afghanistan who has contributed to Reporterly–a local English news outlet in Kabul–as well as the International Psychosocial Organization.  As a CGA Fellow, he will monitor the human rights situation of a specific ethnic group, the Hazaras, and will contribute to the work of relevant human rights actors at the national, regional, and international levels.

Metra Mehran is a human rights activist from Afghanistan with a focus on women’s empowerment, human rights, justice, media, and political accountability. She co-founded the ‘Feminine Perspectives Movement’ ahead of Intra-Afghan peace negotiations. As a CGA Fellow, she aims to provide a platform for women across Afghanistan to raise their voices for the protection of their fundamental rights and to ensure women’s perspectives are reflected in any conflict resolution processes for her country.

Roya Saqib is a social justice and women’s rights advocate who has advised the Afghan government (including as a Technical Assistant to the President) and international organizations, on promoting women's rights, good governance, and sustainable development. As a CGA Fellow, she will examine the impact of the current instability on the lives of Afghan youth. Through her research, writing, and advocacy, she hopes to inform the international policy community about investments needed for future generations of Afghans to live in communities free of fear and violence.

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