About Me: Hello,

I am an Afghan-American woman currently, living in Kyrgyzstan Central Asia. I graduated from the American University of Washington D.C. where I obtained a degree in International Relations. For a few years I was advocating on the Hill pertaining to different issues on Afghanistan. I am now completing my degree in Law from the American University of Central Asia where I also learned the Russian language. I will begin my Masters of Law degree at University of Pennsylvania's Penn Law school and have been named the Human Rights Scholar for the Class of 2011.

I come from a highly political family. My Grandfather was the lead General in Afghanistan during King Zahir Shah's regime. He was assasinated by the Communist Party and my father was a fighter jet pilot the leader of the coup de etat opposing the Communist Regime. He was later imprisoned for almost two years. In the United States during what is known as "Charlie Wilsons War" my father, Yousuf Noorestani served as the Afghanistan Representative to the U.S.

I hope to continue to work for the embetterment of Afghanistan and serve on the forefront of diplomacy and dialouge between the East and the West.

My Passions: Reading, Dancing, Human Rights, Helping empower disadvantaged populations and traveling.

My Areas of Expertise: Human Rights, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Islam, Women's Rights

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Welcome to Pulsewire!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

What an interesting past, present and future you have. Good luck to you as you move closer to finishing up your studies. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards, Maria

Humira-- I love it when my mind is stretched by hearing or reading someone's story and you have done just that for me. I am afraid my view of Afghan women has been brainwashed by the American media and I am inspired to read your story. I am curious about whether you plan to return to Afghanistan when you complete your studies and also how you feel about the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. From a distance, I am opposed to the war and would much rather see the U.S. assisting with education and healthcare endeavors but perhaps that is not realistic. I don't know how old you are but can you imagine a peaceful, prosperous Afghanistan where women have real opportunities? My heart goes out to you and your Afghan sisters and I wish you all the best... PEACE! PHINNIE

Dear Humira,

Welcome to PulseWire and what a joy to have you in our community! You have a fascinating story that we have only begun to hear and I encourage you to utilize your journal as a place to speak freely.

Here on PulseWire you can connect with women boldly speaking their minds – whether it’s sharing personal thoughts and stories, reporting as a citizen journalist on local issues through women’s eyes, or introducing the urgent work of an organization – this is a space to be heard, to listen and offer support; a forum to discuss the issues that affect us daily and collaborate to find solutions.

You are an inspiring scholar and I congratulate you on your achievements! I would like to introduce you to Fatima, a Nigerian Human Rights attorney and doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1441

Looking forward to hearing more from you!

Warm regards, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse

It is a joy to welcome you to PulseWire. We embrace the background knowledge you can bring to the issues and challenges faced in Afghanistan, and your perspective on how all countries can help bring peace back to your country. We are hearing from voices on the ground but you can provide a unique viewpoint on what leaders of countries should bring to the table to foster greater understanding and provide the support needed to rebuild Afghanistan.

I hope you will be inspired to share with us some of the success stories you have encountered in the fight for basic human rights in Afghanistan and in your efforts to help the disadvantaged. Your country has had a long struggle with governance and there are signs that it is moving towards some stability but there is still much work to be done before an environment is created where women can begin to speak out. I hope that your voice is just one of many which rises up to create a better world for their sisters and brothers in Afghanistan. Peace be upon you. Janice

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!

Fatima