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.