About Mary Akrami

Mary Akrami is a civil and women’s Right activist who leads to fight for the rights of the women’s who faced violence from the society. 

Mary Akrami is the Executive Director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC), the organization that established the first shelter for women at risk in 2003. She is a strong advocate for promotion and protection of Women’s Human Rights and approval and implementation of EVAW Law is one the results of her untiring efforts in this regard.

Ms. Akrami organization is engaged in peace building and conflict resolution programs and provided them with trainings and mentoring on mechanisms on women’s engagement in political and community based peace building. Ms. Akrami initiated peace shuras (councils) in different provinces of Afghanistan. These peace councils became the only platform where women were able to find an opportunity to engage in conflict resolution mechanisms at the local levels and that was the start of women’s inclusion in community based peace building.

  • Akrami has got the first International Women of Courage Award from the United States, in 2007.
  • Akrami participated in numerous international conferences and regional platforms for women in peace in Afg-Pak region.
  • Akrami is a Columbia of New York University’s Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship in New York, United States.
  • Member of South Asian for Human Rights (SAHR) since 2013.
  • Member of Frontline Defenders in Afghanistan.
  • Mary Akrami has been selected as member of the Selection Committee of Election Commission of Afghanistan.
  • Member of (high peace council) in Afghanistan.
  • Recently she is appointed as an executive director at Afghan Women’s network (AWN)