Najla Ayubi

Najla Ayubi

Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Judge Najla Ayubi, a lawyer and human rights activist who has been instrumental in promoting women’s empowerment, civic education and transparency in her native Afghanistan.

Excerpt from Interview
“I feel so passionate about peace…that’s why I became a human rights activist and a women’s rights activist. I’ve lost a lot of my loved ones. I look particularly at the imbalance of equality in Afghanistan.”

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Biography of Judge Najla Ayubi
Najla has served as a legal advisor for the State Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs of Afghanistan, commissioner at the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and commissioner of the Joint Electoral Management Body. During Taliban rule, Ayubi organized clandestine schools and sewing classes in bunkers.

The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego while Najla was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

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More About The IPJ Women PeaceMakers Program
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.

The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories which are documented by four Peace Writers. While the women are in residence, “they have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peace building efforts.”