Hamida Lesani | Journalist

Hamida Lesani was born in 1979 in the Behsud district of Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan. At the age of four, she migrated with her family to Iran. Tragically, she lost her parents at the age of six, and her brother and sister-in-law took responsibility for her and her younger sister.

Hamida’s early life was marked by her determination to succeed despite the challenges she faced. She attended school and later became a journalist, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kabul University in 2014, and a master’s degree in political science from Payam-e-Noor University in Kabul from 2014 to 2017. Hamida pursued a Ph.D. in International Relations from Gilan International University in Iran in 2019, but was forced to leave her studies due to the fall of Kabul on August 15, 2021.

In addition to her studies, Hamida had a diverse range of experiences. She worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development from 2006 to 2013, before transitioning to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in various positions. Most recently, she was a sociologist in the SDP project.

Hamida’s passion for journalism was evident in her work as a producer, host, and reporter for the Shadow program on Rahi Farda TV from 2015 to 2018. In this program, she interviewed successful women and challenged stereotypes and taboos in society. She resigned from the media in 2018 due to numerous threats and had to leave all social media platforms too.

Despite these challenges, Hamida remained committed to empowering women. In 2016, she co-founded the Women’s Empowerment Organization, which she led until 2021. In 2018, with the help of some female engineers and experts, she established the first workshop for mobile repair and maintenance for women in Kabul. She also obtained the first female “Bright Services Agency” in 2018.

Hamida was a member of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2017, and received the Bibi Khadija Award for her initiatives and activities in this chamber. She was also active in the Social Council of Behsud, the Social Council of 40 Girls, and some other organizations in the field of women rights and human rights.

Hamida is living with her family and works as a distinguished member of the Sheesha Media operational team in in the field of women’s rights.