Two weeks ago I spoke at WovenWorld 2016 Summit in San Francisco. Normally I'm asked to speak about— Afghanistan, Afghan women, Afghan culture—speaking about myself felt self congratulatory.
While putting this presentation together, I dug deep to better understand my own struggles, insights and motivations. What came fore was even surprising to me.
This is the first time that I've publicly spoken about my family's struggle as political refugees to the United States, the affects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on me and other Afghans living in the United States and what inspired me to devote the past 13 years to educating girls, women and boys in Afghanistan.
I share the video with the hope that it will resonate with those of you who struggled with displacement at a young age or at times felt you don't belong but, found a way to chart your own path. I hope you enjoy this short video.