Biography of Dr. Masooda Jalal

Dr. Jalal

Former Minister of Women’s Affairs under President Karzai. Masooda Jalal (a medical doctor), was the only woman to run against Hamid Karzai in the 2005 presidential race. Born in Gul Bahar in Kapisa Province, one of seven children, Jalal moved to Kabul to attend high school. She later attended Kabul University, where she was a member of the faculty until 1996, when the Taliban government had her removed. Jalal, a psychiatrist and pediatrician, also worked at several Kabul hospitals and, after her removal from the university faculty, as a United Nations employee within the World Food Programme. Her husband is a law instructor at Kabul University; they have three children.