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Shahla Farid is a lawyer and women’s rights advocate whose work on gender equality has made her and her seven daughters a target for violence.

She works for the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and is head of their legal department and controls how they are represented. In 2003 she wrote a book about Gender and Laws in Afghanistan; after it was published she was threatened and went into hiding for 3 years. In 2006 she wrote another book, funded by Action Aid Afghanistan examining Women’s Rights in Islam.

She worked for Ariana Television and presented a programme discussing various women’s issues; the level of threats against her and her daughters forced her to quit.