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Ms. Roshan Sirran is widely recognized in Afghanistan and internationally as one of the leading voices for Afghan women’s rights. Through various roles, she has 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of Afghan women; as an NGO leader, an advocate, an elected legislator, a municipal worker, an education director, a trainer, and a writer.
Sirran has served as the Women’s Advocacy Training Consultant for IFES’ Support for Increased Electoral Participation (SIEP) program in Afghanistan for three years where she assists in program design and outreach, curriculum development, participant recruitment, and training. Ms. Roshan is the founder and Executive Director of Training Human Rights Association (THRA) for Afghan women, which is a leading non-political and non-profit organization working for Afghan women’s capacity development. She has designed and implemented countless women’s rights advocacy and outreach programs across the country, including complex face-to-face education and training of trainers programs.
Sirran spoke on the rights of women and interests of civil society leaders of Afghanistan at the Bonn 2 Conference in Bonn, Germany in December, 2011. She maintains a long history as an outspoken advocate on both the national and international stage, advocating for women’s rights at Afghanistan’s formative traditional Loya Jirgas and speaking on struggles of Afghan women at events in 15 different countries. Her efforts have brought forth numerous civil society networks and organizations, including the Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CHRN), Afghan Civil Society Organizations Network for Peace (ACSONP), and the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).