By the time she was twenty, Raziya Masumi had been uprooted, lived through war and terrorism, and learned to stand up for herself and the rights of others.
She was born in Iran, where her family lived until she was seven. Even though she faced discrimination because of her Afghan background, she was able to get a good basic education. In Afghanistan she studied to become a lawyer, worked with local international civil society, and advocated for the rights of women and children.
Raziya has written extensively on the role of women, consulted on legal matters, and has led advocacy campaigns. She is a peace-builder working to bridge communities. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that she works hard to bring about peaceful and positive changes in the world.
A few years ago, she left Afghanistan in order to study International and European Law. That’s when she started volunteering with Arseh Sevom. We joke that one day soon, she will be in charge. It’s more than a joke actually. It’s a dream, a vision for the future. It’s been humbling for us to watch her work so hard for what she wants. She has studied Dutch and English, day and night, volunteered on campaigns and advocacy, and still faced each day with joy and optimism.
Raziya’s ambition is to become an International Lawyer. She wants to be the voice of the people of Afghanistan at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We are certain that with support, she will make it.
“The Hague is known to many of us as the beating heart of justice. It’s there that so many aggrieved people, the victims of war crimes, turn to for justice, dignity, and human rights. Now it is the time for Afghanistan to open the book of untold stories of war crimes. Especially those of Afghan women, children, and minorities who suffered the most under brutal violence. It is the uprising time. There is no peace without justice.”
Dreams are delicate things and need support. When you donate to Arseh Sevom, part of your donation goes to make sure that Raziya can reach her dreams. And that’s a good thing for all of us. In her own words:
“I can not do it alone. I appreciate your contribution. We will be stronger together. Standing by my side means defending voiceless people. Let’s rise for together for freedom, human rights, equality and real peace.”
Please donate if you can.