An Afghan woman who introduced her as the ‘first female mayor of Afghanistan’ to Western institutions is now being criticized by the public on social media.
Zarifa Ghafaria provincial mayor of ‘Maidan Wardak’, a central province of Afghanistan, had to leave her country after the collapse of the administration of the republic of Afghanistan in August 2021.
The Hillary and Chelsea Clinton production produced a film under the name of ‘In Her Hands’ featuring the life story of Zarifa Ghafari as the first female mayor in Afghanistan who has come through many hardships in a male oriented community.
Many believe that Zarifa Ghafari she has never been the first female mayor in Afghanistan and considers this to be a false claim.
More than 800 Afghans have so far signed a online petition ask Hilary Clinton to recognize Azra Jafari as the first female Afghan mayor who was appointed in 2008 by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Homaira Rezai, who started the online petition on Change.org, has said that exposing Zarifa Ghafari as the ‘first female mayor’ of Afghanistan is a misunderstanding, historical denialism and manipulation as Zarifa Ghafari She is not the first female mayor in Afghanistan, as Hillary Clinton claims and the latest documentary on Netflix and other media portrays.
Homaira further writes that Afghanistan’s first female mayor was a Hazara woman, Azra Jafariappointed by President Hamid Karzai in 2008 when Zarifa Ghafari I was just 16 years old. Ms. Jafari served as mayor until 2014. Afghanistan’s second female mayor was another Hazara woman, Khadijah Ahmadi, who served as mayor of the city of Nili in Daikundi province from 2018 until the fall of Kabul in 2021.
Ms. Rezai says the petition is to correct historical wrongs, promote journalistic fact-checking, and protest misrepresentation and other denial of women’s rights. She is recognizing the achievements of two Hazara women who paved the way for people like Zarifa Ghafari become one of the mayors.
Homaira Rezai asks Hilary Clinton, Zarifa Ghafari and Netflix to release a statement acknowledging this false claim and misrepresentation.
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