Board of Directors Bios
Asma Faizi is the President of the Afghan Women's Organization. She is a lawyer and currently working as an associate at Torys LLP where she primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation matters involving patents, trademarks and copyright She has a Master of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto. . She has been advocating on behalf of Afghan women for over a decade, in Canada, and internationally, on human rights issues.
Latifa Sarwari is the Treasurer of Board of Directors of Afghan Women Organization. She obtained a B.Com degree from University of Toronto in 2002, later she completed her Certified General Accountant "CGA" designation in 2007, and she has also completed the CICA In-Depth Tax Course in 2009. She worked at Ernst&Young as Senior Tax Accountant and at State Farm Insurance as Analysis, Reporting and Tax Accountant. Currently she is working as an Assistant Manager of Taxation at Northbridge Financial Corporation.
Najiba Shairzay a formal teacher was the founder and the principal of Hazrat-e-Bibi Aisha school for girls. She organized various extracurricular activities in after school hours and during summer holiday; eg., Sewing, English courses, Rug weaving, Beats sewing, Literacy courses, Calligraphy and much more. Moreover, she volunteered in various different locations such as Senior Link, Afghan Women's Organization and various other locations. Najeeba is a mother of one son and two daughters.
Freshta Raoufi is currently a Master's candidate at the school of public policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She has completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at U of T in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. She has worked in various Ontario public Service offices such as the Minister's office in the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and the Deputy Minister's office in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. She is currently working part-time at Queen's Park in MPP Joe Dickson's office as the legislative assistant. Freshta is also a part-time policy consultant at the Tapscott Group. She is dedicated to developing a new model to improve women's economic development in Third World nations.
Mashal Siddiqi, is mother of four children. She is holding university degree from faculty of Literature Kabul University. After completing her high education, she worked as teacher at a girl's high school. During war her family move to Mazar-e-sharif North of Afghanistan. There she got job at CFDO (Community For a Devilment Organization) one of United Nation's support organization where she gained experience in working with communities specially women. She sontinued her work during Taliban. after 9/11 she worked with several nongovernmental organizations including UNICEF, UN Habitat. She also worked with the Ministry of Education, Constitution Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.
Beheshta Jaghori is a PhD. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Beheshta's research interests focus on the impact of war trauma on individuals and communities. Her doctoral research, funded by SSHRC, examines the intergenerational effects of war among Afghan-Canadian Youth. Beheshta has formal training in several evidence-based Psychotherapy approaches, and possesses considerable experience dealing with a range of Psychological difficulties and diverse clientele. Beheshta is currently a clinical associate at the New Leaf Psychology Centre, a private psychotherapy clinic in Milton. Her non-academic persuits include working with charitable organizations on mental health awareness and human rights issues. Beheshta is currently serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Afghan Women's Organization.
Zohra Safi's professional interests lie in community advocacy and social justice. She has been actively involved in the community development field for over 7 years both in Afghanistan and international settings. Zohra has worked for a number of organizations in Afghanistan and the United States that provided support for women's empowerment and equal participation in Afghan society. Durint the course of her work in Afghanistan, she learned a lot about the importance of community level advocacy in creating awareness to bring about a positive change in people's lives. Zohra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from Middlebury College in the United States. She is fluent in Pashto, Dari, English, Arabic, Urdu, and has also studied International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the American University in Washington, D.C. Zohra's international background and experience in different environments have provided her with an understanding of different worldviews and given her valuable insights into different cultures and issues that impact our society of 21st century. She believes through organizing, creating awareness, and advocacy we can affect positive changes in our community and enhance people's quality of life.
Ms. Rasul was first introduced to Afghan Women's Organization as a client in 1989 when she came as a refugee to Canada. She iss busy mother of four children. Kobra is a good role model for other refugees. She raised well educated children who contribute positively in Canadian society. Kobra has volunteered extensively for the newcomer's community and particularly with the Afghan Women's Organization by assisting in organization of events and conferences. She is well trained and established member of the Catering Group and a role medel for newcomer women.
Sheba Sheranze has an educational and work background revolving around the Financial Services Industry in Customer Service and Finance. Sheba completed her Bachelor's of Business Administration from University of Toronto in 2008. She is in the process of completing her Certified Management Accountant designation. While in school she was VP Finance for the U of T Afghan Student Body. Her work includes several positions at Scotia Bank and she is currently a Citizen Service Officer at Employment Insurance Canada. Sheba is a fluent in English, Farsi, Hindi, Baluchi & Dari.
Ms. Akbari has completed her formal education in Afghanistan. She moved to Pakistan in 1987 where throughout her 14 year of stay, she was busy teaching Afghan refugee children. She moved to Canada with her family in 2001 and has attended various English and educational programs. She has been a volunteer with the Afghan Women's Organization since arrival and at the present runs the Heritage language of the organization.
Abeda Balouch is an active member of the Afghan Community. After graduating from high school, she got enrolled in Literature department of University of Kabul. After two years she left Afghanistan for India. She has served as a host in Balochi language in All India Radio for 18 years. Currently, she is assisting local media in Toronto, and hosts Baluchi TV program talk show. She has previously served at Afghan Women's Organization board and remained an active dedicated volunteer at the organization.