Safia Ahmed-jan

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Safia Ahmad Jan (alternative published English transliterations: Safia Ahmed Jan, Safia Ama Jan, Safia Amajan) (1941–25 September 2006) was an Afghan women's rights advocate and an outspoken critic of the Taliban for the latter's suppression of women. During the period of fundamentalist rule, she stayed in Afghanistan to secretly teach women.[1]

At the time of her assassination on 25 September 2006 she was the provincial director of the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kandahar province, a position she had held for five years. Previously, she was a teacher and high school principal.[2]

She was killed in front of her home in the provincial capital, Kandahar, by two men on a motorcycle.[3][4]


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