Welcome to my blog. My name is Gaisu Yari.

My diverse personal and professional experiences and academic training, along with my deep commitment to human rights, have shaped my bi-cultural awareness and broad understanding of the complications, difficulties, and possibilities of being a woman in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

My blog is called ‘Another Afghanistan’ because among its aims are to dispel stereotypes about Afghan women and to present examples of how Afghan women can improve their country through “my voice.”

The purpose of this site is to share who I am and to expand my networking efforts. I welcome both your invitations to share my knowledge through articles or presentations, employment or other collaborations. (yarigaisu@gmail.com)

IMG_2409Panelist, Gaisu Yari at the March 2014 Feminist Majority Foundation conference 


I have held diverse jobs in Afghanistan, from media reporter, community activist, and the women’s rights liaison between international donor agencies and the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs, to my present position as a research consultant for a project focusing on women in conflict. See more …

I am always interested in participating in diverse venues where I can share my experiences in an effort to educate people about Afghan women and gender issues in the Middle East. Click here for my most notable presentations and panel participations.

I have published articles on websites of international organizations, in two Afghan newspapers and in college venues.  Here is a list and access to some. Also, articles have been written about me in U.S. and Afghan venues.

Special Thanks
Since 2007, when I first came to the U.S. as a speaker, The Feminist Majority Foundation has stood by me, recognizing my potential and facilitating my personal, academic and professional growth.