is President and CEO of Refugee Women in Development (RefWID),
Inc. an international institution focusing on women in
conflict and post-conflict reintegration issues. She is a
native of Afghanistan, and her personal experience as a
woman and a refugee inspires her work for uprooted women's
human rights. Ms. Wali works to empower uprooted women to
join her in representing, nationally and internationally.
She is a pioneer in providing culturally-specific domestic
violence intervention and prevention mechanisms for
refugee women and their American counterparts. She
advocates nationally and internationally for uprooted
women and girls whose rights have been violated as
refugees and internally displaced people. Her writings
have been published in prestigious journals and books.
is the recipient of Amnesty International's l999 3rd
Annual Ginetta Sagan Fund Award of Amnesty International
in recognition of her work on Afghan women and human
rights. The Ginetta Sagan Fund Award of Amnesty
International is given annually in recognition of
individual accomplishment, but also in the belief that it
will serve as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are
fighting for human rights. It is given to a woman who has
demonstrated outstanding achievement, often in the face of
personal danger, to help women and children who are
victims of violence.
2002, Smith College awarded Ms.Wali a Doctor of Humane
Letters for her "superb courage, tenacity and
resourcefulness" in her work.
was one of three female delegates representing His
Majesty, the former King of Afghanistan, at the U.N. Peace
Talks on Afghanistan in Bonn in December 2001 where she
was instrumental in creating the Ministry of Women's
Affairs and nominating Afghan women candidates for the new
government of Afghanistan.
is the recipient of numerous awards for her pioneering
work in developing program models aimed at the empowerment
of women caught conflict, democratic civil
society-building of war-torn societies, gender, forced
migration, and human rights. Ms. Wali has been honored by
the Women Donors Network, the Women's Commission for
Refugee Women and Children, the National Conference for
College Women Graduate Leaders. She is the recipient of
the Gloria Steinem: Women of Vision Award for her
pioneering work in addressing violence against refugee
women in the United States. She is cited in the "Who's
Who in the 2lst Century", Who's Who of Emerging Leaders,
Who's Who of Women in the East, Who's Who of American
Women, Millennium Edition, among others. Ms. Wali is Vice
President and Treasurer of Sisterhood Is Global Institute
(SIGI) based in Montreal, Canada.
has led several missions to Pakistan to assess Afghan
women's human rights needs and concerns and to provide
technical assistance and capacity-building training to
hundreds of Afghan women and men community-based
practitioners. Her testimonials on this issue before the
U.S. Congress and the State Department, and her joint
advocacy with human rights groups resulted in U.S.
government appropriation of $2.5 million in support of
Afghan women's efforts in 1999.
has conducted needs assessment surveys among Afghan civic
groups providing services in the education, health, social
services, emergency relief and human rights sectors in
Pakistan and inside Afghanistan. As an expert in the
field of development and reconstruction she has
conceptualized and advocated for long-term civil society
programs aimed at empowering indigenous civil society
institutions in Afghanistan.
recently Ms. Wali served as one of three female delegates
to the U.N. Peace Talks on Afghanistan. As a delegate to
His Majesty, the Former King of Afghanistan in the Bonn
Talks, she was instrumental in introducing the creation of
the Ministry of Women's Affairs and nominating Afghan
women to serve in the Interim Government of Afghanistan.
Ms. Wali served as the chief organizer of the Afghan
Women's Summit convened by Equality Now, the European
Women's Lobby, V-Day and UNIFEM held in Brussels in
was invited by the United Nations to deliver the keynote
speech on Afghan Women celebrating International Women's
Day on March 8, 2002.