Student Profiles – Safia
Tertiary Refugee Student Network
Safia completed high school in Peshawar, graduating with a major in Political Science and Sociology. She went on to study Political Science at the University of Peshawar.
Starting from a young age, Safia has been eagerly engaged in activities serving the community. “One day on my way from school, I noticed a group of street children,” Safia recalls. She approached them to offer free schooling with her as a teacher at her home. Later, Safia began reaching out to women in rural settings with peace-building and extremism awareness training. She strongly believes in women’s often overlooked potential to positively affect change in society.
Moreover, Safia is a member of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC), which serves as a consultative group on issues relating to the protection and development of young people who are refugees, internally displaced, and/or stateless, and their communities.
In her role as GYAC Youth Delegate, Safia wants to take advantage of the opportunity to dialogue with key stakeholders in the international community on refugee issues. She advocates especially for adolescent girls and young women. Safia envisages the work of the GYAC within UNHCR, contributing to peace, sustainability, and development opportunities. She advocates for peace and security for all displaced people through ensuring access to legal documentation and actively involving women and girls in peacebuilding processes.
In the future, Safia sees herself in politics: “As a Minister for Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan, I want to be a bridge between two nations and work towards peaceful coexistence.”
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