To celebrate this years International Women's Day, the next instalment in our Conversations with Afghanaid series will feature women who are challenging the status quo and paving the way for a more equal future in Afghanistan.

On Monday 8th March, from 6:00pm-7:00pm GMT, tune in to our live discussion with Fereshteh Forough, Founder and Director of Code To Inspire; Marina Kielpinski LeGree, Executive Director of Ascend: Leadership Through Athletics; and Fakhria Momtaz, Founder of Momtaz Yoga, as we discuss their unique experiences building businesses and initiatives that help women across Afghanistan thrive. Further panellists to be announced!


Alongside their stories, we will explore:

  • The crucial role strong female role models play in leading and shaping a more equal Afghan society;
  • Initiatives across the country that seek to embolden Afghan women so that they can reach their full potential;
  • The key challenges Afghan women will continue to face in 2021 amidst peace talks and the pandemic.

Meet the speakers

Computer Science Professor Fereshteh Forough is the Founder and Director of Code to Inspire, a non-profit training programme that empowers women to drive economic and social progress by teaching them how to code, find programming jobs and launch technology ventures. 

Marina Kielpinski LeGree is Executive Director of Ascend: Leadership Through Athletics, an organization working to empower young Afghan women through mountaineering based leadership training, developing a cadre of strong female role models and leaders in Afghanistan who are equipped and motivated to help their society transition to peace. 

Fakhria Momtaz is the Founder of Momtaz Yoga Centre, Afghanistan's first all-female yoga studio where Fakhria provides free yoga, therapy, meditation and wellness classes for Afghan girls and women.

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