Virtual Pink Tea with Inspiring Canadian Women – Dr. Lauryn Oates and Murwarid Ziayee
Dr. Lauryn Oates
(Executive Director, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan)
Dr. Lauryn Oates is a women’s human rights advocate for education in conflict zones. At age 14, Lauryn read about the Taliban, and their treatment of women and girls. She developed a petition demanding that the world respond to their misogynist policies, and has continued this work ever since, working in close partnership with a variety of Afghan women’s organizations and international charities.
Lauryn is the Executive Director with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, a charity that has helped make the human right to education real for Afghan women and girls through teacher training, village libraries, literacy classes, schools and more.
Lauryn earned a BA in international development (McGill University), an MA in human Security (Royal Roads University), and a PhD in language and literacy education (UBC). Her doctoral research focused on northern Uganda where she worked with teachers there to create local language educational materials for their classrooms through digital technology. She is Adjunct Faculty at the University of British Columbia and has also taught graduate students in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University since 2014.
Lauryn is the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded by the province of BC. As well, Lauryn enjoys a loving family life and travel!
(Senior Director, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan)
Murwarid Ziayee is responsible for program management and supporting public engagement outreach and fund development. Murwarid has a BA in Political Science and Law from Kabul University. She has over two decades experience working with various national and international organizations in Afghanistan on policy development, program design and management. Her focus is on gender equality, human rights and women’s empowerment.
Before joining CW4WAfghan, she worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan as a National Gender Affairs Officer and later as a National Human Rights Officer. She has worked closely with the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs and served the Afghan Office of the President as Program Officer with a focus on women’s rights issues. She is a leader and advocate for women’s rights and the recipient of the CW4WAfghan Champion for Education Award (2015). This award is in recognition of her many achievements, her dedication, knowledge and passion for advancing education for Afghan women and girls.
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