Welcome to my blog. My name is Gaisu Yari. I finished my MA in Human Rights at Columbia University, after returning to Kabul for two years in August 2015. My time there enhanced my knowledge, skills, and experience in promoting Afghan women’s rights through government, international donors, and NGOs.

My deep commitment to human rights and diverse experiences have shaped my bi-cultural awareness and broad understanding of the difficulties and possibilities of being a woman in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Read more

The purpose of this site is 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 many jobs in Afghanistan, among them, media reporter, community activist, and my last position as a women’s rights liaison between international donor agencies and the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs. My U.S. positions have included speaker and trainer on women’s rights in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and Persian culture and language specialist. 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 participation.

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.

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.