Aisha Khurram, a law student at Kabul University, has been selected as Afghanistan’s Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2019.
Her selection followed a multi-stage process involving video. in-person interviews, as well as a debate.
The panel of judges for the selection of the candidates included Peter Prugel, Germany’s Ambassador to Afghanistan; Idrees Zaman, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sofia Ramyar, Executive Director of Afghans for Progressive Thinking; and Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Last year, Ramiz Bakhtiar represented Afghanistan in this post.
Khuram was picked from among 80 candidates, and will represent Afghanistan at the UN for one year.
“My red line is not only the women who live in the center and have access to education, but my red line is all those women who live in the provinces, those women who live under the control of the Taliban and those women who do not even think of getting an education,” said Aisha.
“We must raise the voice of Afghan youth in the international community and outline programs for our youth so they can learn more in areas of governance, politics and other important subjects that will influence their future,” added Aisha.
Meanwhile, a number of students have asked Khurram to highlight the issues facing Afghan youth.
“Our expectation from Ms. Aisha is to raise the voice of millions of young people—and young women--who have been deprived of education,” said Amin, a student.
Aisha will officially start her work with the UN in two months.
Based on UN resolution 2250, a youth representative will communicate the problems that youth face in his or her country with world leaders.