Shafiqa Quraishi

Afgan women's rights activist

Shafiqa Quraishi is an Afghan activist for women's rights. In 2010, she received the International Women of Courage Award.[1]

Shafiqa Quraishi in 2010


Shafiqa Quraishi graduated from the police academy in Kabul in 1982.[2] In 2002, she started to rise inside the police department, after the fall of the Taliban.

Quraishi did not work from 1996 until 2001. Because of the Taliban in Afghanistan, women could not work.[3]


Shafiqa Quraishi speaks to a police conference in 2010

In 2010, Quraishi became a police colonel and the director of Gender, Human and Child Rights in the Ministry of the Interior of Afghanistan.[3]

In 2011, Quraishi became Afghanistan's most senior policewoman.[4]

Quraishi started a group on the Afghan National Gender Recruitment Strategy. The goal of the group is to get 5,000 women to work in the Ministry of the Interior.[5]

She also worked to help women with child care, health care, maternity care, security, and skills training. Quraishi got promotions for women in the Afghan National Police who were unfairly passed over for years.[4]


In 2010, Quraishi won the International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2010 International Women of Courage Award".
  2. "Afghan Strongwoman: Meet Colonel Shafiqa Quraishi".[permanent dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Colonel Shafiqa Quraishi of Afghanistan".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "For Afghan female cops, fight starts at home –". USATODAY.COM.
  5. "Afghan Women Wary Of Overtures To Taliban". 10 March 2010.
  6. "International Women of Courage Award Ceremony".

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