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Mahboba Rawi

Founder and President of Mahboba's Promise
Mahboba Rawi

As a school girl, Mahboba's life changed forever when the Russians invaded Afghanistan. In 1984 she was forced to flee Kabul after leading a student demonstration. She walked for ten days over the Kyber Pass to escape the threat of imprisonment, lived for two years in a Pakistan refugee camp before marrying and moving to Australia. 

Once in Australia, Mahboba began to successfully raise money and awareness among the Australian community for the plight of widows and orphans in Afghanistan. In 1998 she started “International Women and Children’s Support Services Inc” and in 2001 founded "Mahboba’s Promise", an organisation dedicated to improving education and offering vocational training  to women and children in Afghanistan. Mahbobas Promise has started schools for girls in areas where there were previously no educational opportunities, as well as engaging in projects focusing on primary health care in rural areas and provision of clean drinking water. 

Mahboba has received numerous awards and accolades for her dedicated work. In 2004 she was nominated for Australian of the year, in 2006 she was awarded Australia Muslim Role Model of the Year by Mission of Hope and was exhibited as one of 30 Powerful Women in a UNIFEM Photo Exhibition . She is an Ambassador for peace for the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2010, was featured in “The Garden at the end of the world” which won the Human Rights award the same year, and was included in the annual list of 100 of Sydney’s most influential people in the Sydney Morning Herald magazine.