Asila Wardak is a diplomat by profession, human rights and women’s right activist from Afghanistan, and one of the founders of Afghan Women’s network (AWN). She serves as Director General of UN Affairs and International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was elected a member of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Independent Human Rights Commission. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the US. She also served as Minister Counselor to the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York and as Director General of Human Rights and International Women’s affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan, Safeguard/Social Development Specialist for the World Bank and worked with different organizations such as UNDP, Asian Development Bank, UNAMA, CARE and Canada Fund where she served many Afghan women during Taliban regime with provision of aid assistance and carried many trainings and capacity building programs for women and worked in very hard environment for women’s rights.
Asila is committed to protecting human and women’s rights as well as civil society empowerment and she was one of the female delegates and participated actively in the Bonn 1, Bonn 2 conferences as well as Emergency Loya Jirga, Constitutional Loya Jirga, Afghan–Pak Peace Jirga and Peace Consultative Jirga. She was one of the Afghan delegates in Doha/Qatar Peace Talks in 2019.