Zohra Rasekh

The founder and CEO of Global Watch Group.

She is an international expert on gender, health, and human rights, one of the world’s leading spokeswomen for human rights and gender equality in Afghanistan.

Prior to the Global Watch Group, she served as an independent human rights expert and Vice President for the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In this post, she was elected by 148 United Nations member states to the CEDAW Committee.

Before nomination to CEDAW Committee, Zohra Rasekh dedicated 7 years of her professional life to the improvement of human rights and women’s situation in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Between 2003-2010 at the invitation of the interim government of Afghanistan, she established and led a new addition in charge of international monitoring and evaluation of human rights and women’s issues.

She holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University, Washington DC; and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Women and Public Policy a certificate on Women and Security. She has published numerous articles for journals as well as books on the topic of women, human rights, terrorism, and public health.