Ahmad Nisar – Women Deliver
2020

Ahmad Nisar

  • Age: 18
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Without peace, human rights, and justified community, we cannot hope for sustainable development. Until we unite and stand together, we will never change the outstanding belief that violence against children and women is both normal and permissible. It's neither.

- Ahmad Nisar

Bio

Ahmad Nisar was born and raised in Afghanistan. He is a high school graduate. As a Country Representative at Glocal, Ahmad is responsible for initiating and executing various activities to promote the Glocal International Teen Conference and track potential speakers and presenters for the conference. Additionally, Ahmad is a Lead Volunteer at UNICEF’s Adolescent Network, Teacher for the Ministry of Education’s project, Founder of Youth Space, an children and women right’s club, and Founder and Chairperson of the Healthy Environment Club at a public school where members clean the city every Friday.

As an external reviewer for Grand Challenges Canada, Ahmad is responsible for reviewing applications focusing on enhancing mental health literacy and/or providing youth-friendly services for their innovation and relevance. All the applications are critically reviewed for ensuring inclusivity, relevance, and innovation is given consideration. That being said, the involvement of young people and young people with lived experiences are at the heart of his work to meet the priority outcomes and improve mental wellbeing for all.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Reading about Malala Yousfzai and observing how she risked her life for the rights of education for women inspired me to advocate for women, and children. And the moment when I saw women being persecuted in learning avenues. People used to brand girls with a diverse range of different names and some boys even tried to abuse them in school. That moment was an inspiration because the minute when I saw how unjust this world is and that progression is also a distant dream for some, it ignited my passion to be an advocate for them.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

In 2019, I, with the help of the Ministry of Education, conducted seminars to make girls and women aware of their rights daily in which more than 100 girls participated each day and were provided with free soaps and folic acid. When the Taliban was informed, they planned to kidnap one of the team members, but we managed to escape with the help of a local family in Maidan Wardak. While many families were not allowing their daughters to go to school, after a week of negotiations, more than 50 families allowed their children to attend school and 100+ girls were informed about basic hygiene and health implementations.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy hiking and spending time in nature, spending time with my family and relatives, and meditating. Praying also heals my soul and makes me very comfortable and decompressed.

Languages Spoken:

  • Dari (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Pashto (Advanced/Native)
  • Urdu (Intermediate)

Speaks On:

  • persecution against children in education
  • persecution and injustice against women and children in Afghanistan
  • GBV

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Afghanistan Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Certification
  • First Position in School
  • Macfair Program
  • Youth Exchange Camp
  • UNICEF’s Adolescent Network member
  • War Child Canada Volunteer
  • The Best Initiative of the Year Award by the Ministry of Education
  • Country Representative for Glocal International Teen Conference
  • Scholarship by the Government of Afghanistan for a high School
  • Representative of Children to the Government by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Certificate of Excellence by the Minister of Education and Director of Education of Kabul City
  • Youngest Person to Articulate at the Parliament
  • Youngest Person in the ratification of the Convention of Children
  • Youth Policy of Afghanistan
  • Youth Space Club Leader

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