Our Trustees are from a variety of backgrounds and professions all with the same passion to help educate women.


Kamini Paul is a development professional with 20+ years international experience in the formulation and implementation of development and environmental policy. She has worked as an EU Diplomat, UK Deployable Civilian Expert, International Adviser and Consultant for the European Commission, Department for International Development, World Bank, UNHCR, UN Women, UNICEF, OCHA, UNAMA, and USAID.

“The Farkhunda Trust has already a proven record of assisting and empowering women in its two and half years of operation with indication of moving to remote are as over the coming years to support more women. This is a tremendous achievement and one which we hope will be built upon.”

Liz Mermin is a TV/film director who has made many documentaries and series for the BBC, PBS, and European public broadcasters. Her films include The Beauty Academy of Kabul, which looked at the situation of women in Afghanistan immediately after the fall of the Taliban. From 2014-2017 she ran the documentary and multimedia division of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, building and leading a team telling stories about international humanitarian topics, particularly women’s rights, for global media outlets. She has filmed in over fifteen countries, including India, Bangladesh, Senegal, Nigeria, and across the Balkans.

Mel Whitney-Long is an international development professional with over 15 years experience of working on women’s and girls’ empowerment issues through health and education programmes in Asia and Africa. She currently works for Girl Effect, a creative social business which builds youth brands and mobile platforms to empower girls to change their lives.

Executive Team

Our Executive Team are the back-bone of our organisation and ensure that our projects are delivered to the most deserving.

Rahela H. Sidiqi
is the founder and director of the Farkhunda Trust and is an Afghan women’s rights activist who was determined to improve the situation of women in Afghanistan following the tragic death of Farkhunda Malikzada.

Rahela Hashim Sidiqi is the Founding Director of Farkhunda Trust for Afghan Women’s Education. She is the former Senior Advisor of Afghanistan Civil Service Commission and Senior Social Development Advisor of UN-Habitat Afghanistan. Since 1993, she has worked as a women’s rights activist at the grassroots and policy levels in Afghanistan. She completed her BSc in Agriculture from Kabul University and her MA in Social Development Sustainable Livelihood from Reading University UK.


Khadija Yawari
is managing activities at Gawarshad Institute of Higher Education. She is HR Manager and lecturer at GIHE. She has previously worked at AIHRC and as a gender officer for the Shuhada Organisation. She has undertaken courses in gender studies, peace building and human and women’s rights. She speaks Dari, Pashtu and English.


Shazia Mohsini was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She’s newly graduated from high school and currently studying computer science faculty at Benawa university.  She’s graduated from Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies with an advanced certificate of English studies, computer programs and management courses.  Beside her studies, she works as an Alumni for American council, and works as a teacher at Kandahar Lincoln learning centre.  Shazia has attended many programs offered by US embassy. One of them is LEAP( leadership and English advancement program) where she worked as a teacher assistant in an international school of India.

Former Coordinator of  Farkhunda Trust , Freshta Mateen, Ghawarshad University