Nilofar Ayoubi

Afghan activist, journalist and entrepreneur

Region(s): Eurasia
Country of focus: Afghanistan
Based in Poland

Nilofar Ayoubi (@NilofarAyoubi) is an Afghan activist, journalist and entrepreneur who escaped the Afghanistan capital Kabul with her family shortly after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. She lives in Poland with her husband and three children.

She was a speaker on the importance of investing in the protection and participation of women human rights defenders in conflict and crisis at an event hosted by the United Nations and International Non-Government Organizations in December, 2022.

She is CEO of Asia Times Afghanistan and Editor of Akhbar Afghan. She founded a group called the Women’s Political Participation Network.

In Afghanistan she owned several businesses, including beauty products, designer clothing and bridal wear, a design and decoration company with furniture manufacturing. She created 300 jobs for women across Afghanistan with a hand-made carpet company.