Afreen Akhter

Afreen Akhter

MPP 2011, Cultural Bridge Fellow
Shuhada Organization, Afghanistan

Afreen Akhter worked with Shuhada Organization in Afghanistan.  Shuhada is an Afghan NGO, run by Afghan women, which utilizes a cross-sectoral approach to empower women and girls.  Afreen assisted Shuhada in their day-to-day operations in the areas of human rights, health, education, and relief distribution.  Also, Afreen qualitatively evaluated the effects of Shuhada’s programs by interviewing program participants in Shuhada’s field offices in central and northern Afghanistan.  She hoped to compare and contrast the effectiveness Shuhada’s programmatic modules based on tribe and territory.  She also aimed to assess whether Shuhada’s initiatives have affected individual or community support for the insurgency, and have contributed to the security of community.