Afghanistan’s “Person of the Year”: a 25 yr. old Sikh

Radio Free Afghanistan Anarkali_Honaryar.jpgjust chose Anarkali Honaryar fortheir “Person of the Year” award. Coincidentally,Anarkali is a member of Afghanistan’s minority Sikh community. At 25 years old, Anarkali is also a physician, a human rights activist, a member of Afghanistan’s Constitution Committee, and works for the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan. Oh, and she finished high school at 12.

Wow. I think another fitting title would be Sikh Role Model of the Year (or the decade?). She has definitely just become my role model. And we can definitely add her to our list of sheroes.

Just what exactly was Anarkali given this award for?

She is well-known for helping women who suffer from domestic abuse, forced marriages, and gender discrimination. Honaryar is also an advocate on behalf of Afghanistan’s small, embattled Hindu minority, which lives in squalid conditions and faces harassment and discrimination. “We are thrilled to recognize Anarkali for her tireless work in promoting democracy, human rights, and civil society in Afghanistan,” said Radio Free Afghanistan Director Akbar Ayazi. “Anarkali has been taking part in Afghanistan’s reconstruction since she was a teenager — this recognition is well-deserved.” [Radio Free Europe]

Anarkali was chosen by a panelof more than 30 Afghan journalists, civil society activists and human rights advocates.

Radio Free Afghanistan’s ‘Person of the Year’ is an annual award given to an outstanding individual whose contributions to democracy and civil society have made a significant impact in Afghanistan’s reconstruction. The winner is chosen by a panel consisting of more than 30 Afghan journalists, civil society activists and human rights advocates. Last year’s ‘Person of the Year’ was Gul Agha Sherzai, governor of Afghanistans eastern Nangarhar province. [Radio Free Europe]

Interestingly, Radio Free Afghanistan is funded by the U.S. Congress,in the same vein asRadio Free Europe.Radio Free Europe wascreated when intellectuals fled Soviet-occupied Eastern Europeduring the Cold Warand stemmedfrom the belief that the Cold War would bewon by political rather than military means [wikipedia].

Radio Free Afghanistanis the most popular radio station in Afghanistan, broadcasting uncensored news and information in Dari and Pashto for 12 hours each day. It is funded by the U.S. Congress and was launched in 2001 as part of an effort to build a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan following theruleof the Taliban. [Radio Free Europe]

Upon learning of the honor she had been awarded, Anarkali dedicated it to all other young activists fighting for human rights and justice.

“I dedicate this honor to all those young people who fight for human rights, equality, justice, and civil society,” she said. “Everyone in Afghanistan — including women and minorities — deserve the same legal protections and educational opportunities for a better life.” [Radio Free Europe]


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7 Responses to “Afghanistan’s “Person of the Year”: a 25 yr. old Sikh”

  1. Harinder says:

    I used to be inspired by 'Capt KIRK" space oddyess

    "BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO MAN HAS EVER GONE BEFORE"

    She has beaten "CAPT KIRK" as my hero

    She is truly going to palces and doing thing where even

    "Capt Kirk" would not dare.

    Proud of u Sister.

    Request For SGPC :-

    Sikhs should have a wax /any other substance museum for such illumanaries to complement our currant

    "AJAIB GHAR"

  2. Harinder says:

    I used to be inspired by ‘Capt KIRK” space oddyess
    “BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO MAN HAS EVER GONE BEFORE”
    She has beaten “CAPT KIRK” as my hero
    She is truly going to palces and doing thing where even
    “Capt Kirk” would not dare.
    Proud of u Sister.

    Request For SGPC :-
    Sikhs should have a wax /any other substance museum for such illumanaries to complement our currant
    “AJAIB GHAR”

  3. yellowchaddi says:

    Good looks and intelligence – now there's a perfect Sikh woman. Ms. Honaryar, please do not hesitate to email if you would like to make a beautiful friendship, with beautiful children. I have green card in USA, and i can sponsor you. Please let me know.

  4. yellowchaddi says:

    Good looks and intelligence – now there’s a perfect Sikh woman. Ms. Honaryar, please do not hesitate to email if you would like to make a beautiful friendship, with beautiful children. I have green card in USA, and i can sponsor you. Please let me know.

  5. peaceboy says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. It is so wonderful to hear about the person of the year Anarkali Honaryar. I think being in the Afghanistan’s minority Sikh community these 25 year old women has achieved major positions in many fields and no wonder she was selected the person of the year. I am happy that she works for the independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan.
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