Husn Banu Ghazanfar

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Husn Banu Ghazanfar
Husn Ban Ghazanfar in January 2010-cropped2.jpg
Husn Banu Ghazanfar, February 2011
Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan
In office
July 2006 – 2015
President Hamid Karzai
Preceded by Massouda Jalal
Succeeded by Alhaj Delbar Nazari
Personal details
Born (1957-02-01) 1 February 1957 (age 60)
Balkh Province, Afghanistan

Husn Banu Ghazanfar (born February 1, 1957) is a politician in Afghanistan, formerly served as the Minister of Women's Affairs. She is also a writer, a poet, and a speaker.

Early life and education[edit]

Ghazanfar, daughter of Abdul Ghafar, was born in Balkh Province on February 1, 1957. She graduated from Sultan Razia High School in Mazar-e-Sharif and obtained her BA and master's degree on Literature and Sociology from Stawarpool Qafqaaz. In around 1983 she was involved in Kabul University's Literature Faculty program. About two years later, she went to Petersburg, Russia, to obtain her doctorate in Philology. An ethnic Uzbek,[1] she is fluent in Dari (Persian), Pashto, Uzbek, Russian, and she knows a little Turkish and English.[2]


In 2003, she was appointed as the Head of the Literature Faculty. In July 2006, Ghazanfar received vote of confidence from the National Assembly of Afghanistan (Parliament) to become Minister of Women's Affairs.

Ghazanfar has also worked as:

  • Member of the High Council of the Ministry of Higher Education
  • Member of Speranto International Association of Women
  • Member of the International Association of Turk Zabanan
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Hakim Nasir Khisro Balkhi Association.

She has written a number of scientific articles and essays, which have been published in the national and international newspapers. She is also a poet and writes works of literature, her books are The Human Fate, Predations in the 21st Century, The Secrets of Beauty and Attraction. The book Self Realization was translated by her.


  1. ^ "Afghan Government 2009" (PDF). Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). September 28, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  2. ^ Ghazanfar, Professor. Dr. Husn Bano Banu

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Preceded by
Massouda Jalal
Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan
July 2006-
Succeeded by