Short Bio

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was born in 19th April 1981. Naderi was a Member of Afghan Parliament from late 2010 to Jun 2015. She represented Kabul Province in the Lower House of Parliament. During these five years Farkhunda Zahra Naderi worked in three different Commissions of Parliament including Commission on Women’s Affairs, Human rights and Civil Society.


While Naderi was at university, as a student she invested her academic time on the study of women’s role within Afghan power and through her legal study and research she was convinced that the absence of Afghan women in the Supreme Court is the real challenge for the symbolic presence of women in the Afghan politics. Therefore, before entering parliament Naderi promised to lobby and fight for women’s participation in the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, where such a discussion and debate was regarded to be unacceptable and taboo within Afghan community.

However, by investing and dedicating most of her efforts in this field Naderi succeeded to break the taboo and raise voice in the parliament and work with various groups from civil society to political groups from national to international level, in order to fulfill that promise. Eventually, a woman for the first time in the history of Afghanistan was introduced in the Supreme Court by the current president and NUG. 


Farkhunda Zahra Naderi in March 26th of 2013 for the first time won a seat for Afghanistan in one of the Three Standing Committee: Democracy and Human Rights Committee in IPU, by Means of Election. Then in March 2014 she was elected as the President of Human Rights & Democracy Committee (3rd Standing Committee).

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was nominated by UNDP for N-Peace Award in 2012 where she won the award on the behalf of Afghanistan.


Farkhunda Zahra Naderi commenced her primary and secondary education in Kabul and Baghlan provinces, and completed her baccalaureate in 2001 at SH High School in Harrow, London UK. In 2007, Naderi graduated from Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Westminster International University in Tashkent.