Updated by: Christi Qazi
By AQ 2005
On March 3, 2005, President Hamid Karzai appointed Afghanistan’s first ever-female provincial governor. Governor Habiba Sorabi assumed her post as governor of central Bamiyan Province on March 23, 2005, until 2013. Habiba Sarobi previously served as Minister for Women’s Affairs. Her appointment is part of a national initiative to promote women to positions of power.
In 2008 Time magazine included her in its list of Heroes of the Environment (2008), partly for her work in establishing the Band-e Amir National Park of Afghanistan in Bamiyan. In 2013, she won the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
On 8 March 2018, International Women’s Day, she delivered a statement to the UN Security Council during the Open Debate on the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan.