Sonia is a partner and CEO of PAHNA Media Group, a communications consultancy. In addition to her professional endeavors, she recently was elected as chair of Afghanistan 1400, a social-political youth movement founded on the principles of accountability and hope. Previously, she served as a Senior Project Manager at Harakat – Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility; as a Consultant at The World Bank; as a Consultant on Transitional Justice at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; as a Program Assistant at United States Institute of Peace; and as a Program Assistant at UNICEF Afghanistan.
Sadiqa established the Family Welfare Center for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a domestic violence prevention project that serves 14,000 Afghan women, trains government staff and encourages spiritual leaders to discuss women’s issues constructively. The Center has grown from its original student body of thirty-six girls to more than 3,400 girls in six schools, 200 women in four literary centers, and 120 students in college. Sadiqa also founded Afghan Women’s Leadership, as well as the first Afghan community college for women, and managed professional development centers for the Academy for Educational Development’s Higher Education Project in Afghanistan. Sadiqqa received the People’s Voice Award from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation and was the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow in 2010. Currently, she is completing her master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Neda is a double major in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Finance. She is a member of the Phi Mu Epsilon, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. At Meredith, Neda is President of the Meredith International Association and she served as Co-Vice President of the Student Business Advisory Board of the Meredith College School of Business. Neda tutors Math and Economics at Meredith College and had an internship in the Financial Aid Office at Meredith. Back in Afghanistan, Neda worked as Special Assistant and Translator for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Special Fund at UN Women, a United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.