Zarin Hamid

Zarin Hamid (Afghan Women’s Network – AWN): Zarin was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family then moved to New Delhi, with many other Afghan refugees, before moving to New Jersey. Zarin earned a degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Douglass College, Rutgers University, where she worked as a program assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Zarin also worked with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), helped in community voter registration, and volunteered at soup kitchens in New Brunswick, NJ and Asbury Park, NJ. Prior to taking up her AP fellowship, Zarin completed her Master's degree at the School of International Service, American University.

Silence is always worse

14 Jun

This past week I became more involved with AWN’s work on UNSCR 1325. The resolution’s ten year anniversary is October 31, 2010, and many around the world are focusing on the progress made on its commitments. UNSCR 1325 is a 2000 UN resolution focused on women, peace, and security. UNSCR 1325 reaffirms the importance of the role women can and do play in all aspects of peace (peacebuilding, peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction, etc.), recognizes the detrimental impact of violence and conflict on women, and urges the increased role, participation, and perspective of women in peace and security.

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Currently, we are in the beginning phase of compiling data from the past year, in the hope of determining where women stand in terms of participation and level of participation in key areas of influence such as media, governance, and justice. A few days ago, I participated in a working group put together by UNIFEM and UNAMA on concerns and recommendations regarding Afghan women and 1325 to the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG). Yesterday, we presented our concerns and recommendations to the SRSG himself. We don’t know how loud our voices will be heard in New York, but silence is always worse. However, to revive a stereotype, Afghans rarely ever give up until they get what they want. The hope is Afghan women and the men who support them (yes, there were Afghan men among the women) will fight until the recognitions and affirmations of 1325 are fully implemented in Afghanistan.

Posted By Zarin Hamid

Posted Jun 14th, 2010


  • Farzin

    June 21, 2010


    I’m glad you hit the ground running, Zarin. I’m excited to follow your blog this summer.

    • Zarin Hamid

      July 14, 2010


      Thanks, Farzin!

  • Maryam

    June 22, 2010


    So excited to begin following you!

    • Zarin Hamid

      July 14, 2010


      Thanks, dear! I’m glad you’ve started, and I’m hoping to update soon!

  • Santi

    June 22, 2010


    🙂 I’m really excited for your work, Zarin!!! It sounds like you’re “in it”… so proud! Keep the posts coming, you’ve left me at a cliffhanger, here.

    • Zarin Hamid

      July 14, 2010


      Thanks, Sant! Glad to know you’re reading despite the heavy schedule.

  • Erfan Afghan

    June 24, 2010


    Finally !! I have got the link .. Keep updating your blog and post some pics !!

  • Sina

    June 28, 2010


    The role of women thankfully is no longer taking a backseat in middle eastern politics. Look at the impact the Iranian women had on the election protests in Iran.
    You can’t be heard if you don’t say anything. Keep up the good work! We’re proud of you!

    • Zarin Hamid

      July 14, 2010


      Thanks, Sina! 🙂

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