My sister, my hero.... our hero

ZahraRezaee
Posted October 13, 2019 from Afghanistan
Sohaila Rezaee, WEP Asia fellow
Sohaila Rezaee, WEP Asia fellow, speaking at "A Long Road to Peace: Realities, Hopes, and Visions from Afghanistan" co-hosted by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Diplomatische Akademie Wien, and Women in International Security Austria.

On this year’s International Day of the Girl, I want to honor my sister who always works for peace and the new generation of Afghanistan, especially girls. She is the one who always tries to do her best. She had many problems that stood in her way, but she never allowed the problems to stop her work. Even when she did not have any money in her pocket, still she supported girls to be powerful and never break.

My sister’s name is Sohaila Rezaee. She is 24 years old. She studied psychology at Kabul University. She inspires and encourages me and never says something is impossible. She plans the biggest goals and takes small steps to reach them. She always celebrates her every small success and motivates herself to take the next steps. She is a hero to me and in the communities for which she works.

During her university studies, she participated in different programs like debate competition, leadership training, volunteer work, and many other programs. In the last two years, she worked for the new generation, especially for girls and for peace. Her last program was by the name of Young Emerging Leaders Program. In this program, she went to different schools and taught students about leadership skills. She did this program to motivate girls to be leaders and to continue to develop their leadership and other skills in the future. She encouraged them to be the ones who decide about their future, not anyone else.  

On 29 September, she went to a two-week Women’s Empowerment Program at the Ban-Ki Moon Center in Vienna, Austria. She was one of only five young women from Afghanistan awarded the fellowship. It is a great achievement for Sohaila and the other young women. They returned to Afghanistan to foster women’s empowerment by providing training in communication skills, crisis management and mediation competencies. She is also one a candidate for Asia peace prize.

Sohaila wants to get a Fulbright scholarship and study her master’s degree in the U.S.  She has the dream of being a peace ambassador and help Afghanistan to be a country with no violence against children, women and vulnerable communities. ‘’Children’s smiles are the real meaning of peace,’’ she says. She has a dream that no children will sleep on the street, cry for the death of their parents, feel hopeless of their dreams, and be deprived of education. I hope one day Sohaila can change all her dreams to reality.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Lisbeth
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi dear,
We warmly support you as you uplift your sister. Thanks for sharing dear :-)
How are you doing? My best regards

Anita Shrestha
Oct 13
Oct 13

Dear
Your sister is doing great work and you are also backbone of her. So do good, be good then result will be good.

maeann
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Zahra,

Thank you for sharing the story of your Sister Sohaila.

May both of you continue to dream and aim high.

Jill Langhus
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Zahra,

Welcome back! Wow! Your sister is amazing. She sounds very intelligent, empowered and driven. I can see that she encourages and inspires you! I hope Sohaila will join World Pulse, too, so she can share her work, stories, and success with us, too!

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day, dear!

XX

Beth Lacey
Oct 14
Oct 14

I wish your sister much success. She has a great supporter in you

Corine Milano
Oct 14
Oct 14

What a beautiful vision your sister holds — I can feel how proud you are of her and your admiration for her work and mission. I too hope she is able to achieve her dreams, and I know that with you by her side, she can! Thank you for introducing us to her here. :)

Hello, Zahra,

Thank you for inspiring us with your sister’s story. It’s great to know that she has a lot of breakthroughs and opportunities in her field of work. Please extend my heartfelt congratulations to her esp on being chosen as a WEP representing your country and for being awarded as a Full Bright scholarship. Those are not easy feats to conquer because of the tight competition. But she made it!

I can see you are very proud of her. I believe you are able to achieve great things, too, just like what your sister has done. Thanks for sharing.

Please keep on writing! I’m curious about your story, too. :)

chung
Oct 20
Oct 20

never give up on your fight for women's empowerment program as i warmly send my respect for what you are doing for the women back their, go for it nice day sister

chung
Oct 20
Oct 20

never give up on your fight for women's empowerment program as i warmly send my respect for what you are doing for the women back their, go for it nice day sister

Jane
Oct 23
Oct 23

Thumbs up to Sohaila Rezaee may her dreams be fulfilled and she continue to inspire others. My prayers with her that she finally get that scholarship to fulfill her dreams and for others. Thanks for sharing

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Zahra,
Thank you so much for sharing your sister's work and progress. Am sure she is your Shero and role model. Thank you for posting and am looking forward to more her stories and updates on her work.
Stay blessed and send her love and regards.