"The Afghan woman is strong.She should not be seen as a weak individual.
This is a woman who, after years of war and insecurity, has carried on
relentlessly and assumed her responsibilities."
Bibigul, Women's International Day, March 8, 2015
The First Lady is very proud of the resilience and courage of Afghan women. She enjoys meeting with large and small groups and listening to their concerns and hopes. She sees her role as that of a listener, a facilitator and an advocate—a little bit like the role of a grandmother, hence the title Bibijan.
The efforts of her office have focused on women’s access to:
literacy; education; professional training;
services: health, administrative (including acquiring personal documents), transport, etc.
gainful participation in the economy (agriculture, business, trade)
leadership and decision-making positions
protection and shelter from domestic and political harassment and violence