Since assuming the responsibilities of First Lady of Afghanistan in October 2014, H.E. Rula Ghani has engaged with her fellow citizens, especially the ones who are marginalized. She has always demonstrated a deep sense of empathy for her fellows, by being their listener, facilitator, and advocate. The First Lady was born in Lebanon and met her husband, President Ashraf Ghani at the American University of Beirut in 1970. She holds a Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (1969) and two Masters, one in Political Science (AUB, 1974) and the other in Journalism (Columbia University, 1981).
As the First lady, she strongly believes in the role of women and youth as agents of change in the society. With a sharp focus on promoting social peace and responsible citizenship, the First Lady has been instrumental in initiating discussions on these issues at the national level. She has constantly encouraged fellow women and young persons to engage in a dialogue on pertinent issues stemming from unequal power distribution using democratic and liberal values. She, through her engagements, has also emphasized the need to promote mediation and conflict resolution instead of resorting to violence, to act with compassion with one another, and to assume responsibility for one’s environment whether within the family or towards the whole society.