|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2012)|
قدریه یزدان پرست
|Born||Qadria Ibrahim Yazdanparast|
|Occupation||politician, jurist, writer, human rights activist|
Qadria Ibrahim Yazdanparast (in Persian: قدریه یزدان پرست) is an Afghan politician, law professor and human rights defender who started her career during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. She studied Jurisprudence and Political science at Kabul University. Qadria Yazdanparast can speak Pashto, Dari, Dutch and English.
After the fall of the Communist regime, president Burhanuddin Rabbani appointed her to director of the Feminist movement that preceded the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs. During the war against the Taliban, she fled to the northern part of the country, which was controlled by the United Islamic Front, also known as the 'Northern Alliance'. There she was able to keep her function and she continued her job. She was president of the law school in Mazar-i-Sharif and she organised an international conference on women's rights in Afghanistan.
After the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Qadria Yazdanparast returned to her birth ground and she could get a seat in the National Assembly of Afghanistan where she was elected as chairwomen of Human Rights commission. She became a known person in Afghan politics, having relations with different political groups. During her parliament time, she has brought in several law proposals. The law 'Action on Violence against Women' was her initiative.
Yazdanparast has had several other positions:
- President of the 'Oldtown Kabul Committee': a committee that was founded by president Karzai to preserve the old city of Kabul
- Juridical advisor
- Political analyst for several TV- and radio programmes
- Writer and philosopher
Currently (2012) Qadria Yazdanparast works as guest professor in Law and Political science at several universities, teaching about women rights in the Islam.
On 15 June 2013 Yazdanparast has been appointed as the Afghan Independent Human Rights commissioner.