Qadria Yazdanparast

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Qadria Yazdanparast
قدریه یزدان پرست
Born Qadria Ibrahim Yazdanparast
Nationality Afghan
Occupation Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commissioner
Known for Politics

Qadria Ibrahim Yazdanparast (in Persian: قدریه یزدان پرست) is an Afghan politician and a commissioner at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Before start working in the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission she resigned from her leadership position of the Jamiaat E Islami Afghanistan (Islamic Society of Afghanistan) in order to fulfill the requirement of a commissioner to be non political.It is to be said that the Jamiaat e Islami is the biggest political party in the history of Afghanistan. She 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.

Political and social career[edit]

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 Mazar-i-Sharif, she asked for asylum in the Netherlands, where she settled in Rotterdam and started a study.

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 "behind the doors" politics, having relations with different political groups. During her time in Parliament some she was known as being a bridge between formal Jihadi rivals. She has brought in several law proposals. The law 'Action on Violence against Women' was her initiative.

Political Ties[edit]

Qadria Yazdanparast used her political ties with strong political leaders and heavyweights in order to draft laws for protecting women right in Afghanistan. With her religious background she did not face any opposition from the strong religious scholars in the country. The records of the Afghan lower house(Wolesi Jirga) mentions that the EVAW law(Law on Enlimination of Violence Against Women) was her initiative while she was a member of Parliament.

Former Positions[edit]

  • Leadership position of The Jamiaat Party
  • Leader of Afghan Women High Association
  • Legal Advisor of former vice President
  • Presidential Adviser
  • Member of Afghan Parliament
  • Law professor at the University of Kabul

Other functions[edit]

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
  • Legal Advisor
  • Writer and poet

Actual situation[edit]

Currently Qadria Yazdanparast is a commissioner in the Afghanistan Independent Human Right Commission. She is in charge of Women Rights in the commission.

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