The new Regional Director for the USAID Promote Musharikat program based in Mazar-i-Shari f, Dr. Zohra Faizi, is leading activities in the North and continuing a longstanding commitment to serving Afghan women in her community.Promote Musharikat Regional Director Making a Difference for Women in the North

In her new role, Faizi will work with women-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) and activists in Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan, Sar-i- Pul, Jawzjan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Faryab and Baghlan provinces to encourage them to work together to support Afghan women through Musharikat. The project is designed to build a cadre of national, provincial and local activists and CSOs focused on bringing women leaders together to more effectively advocate for their full participation in Afghan society.

“I am committed to working for women’s empowerment, because I’ve grown up in this society and can very well understand the problems that women face,” Faizi said. “I believe we can make life better for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country.”

Faizi firmly believes in the importance of building relationships between civil society and government to work together on community issues, one of the key mandates in Musharikat.

Before joining the project, Faizi worked as a communication and advocacy specialist with USAID’s Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience project. She was responsible for developing strategy and communications plans for municipalities in the North and facilitating opportunities for citizens to engage with municipal leaders to solve community problems.

Promote Musharikat will work with 5,000 activists across all 34 provinces that will choose, prioritize and address the most critical issues which limit full participation of women in Afghan society.