Afghan women’s rights defender Suraya Parlika dies of cancer
Reporter: Firdous Rasouli
Soraya Parlika, one of Afghanistan’s first female human rights defenders, died at the age of 75 from cancer in Switzerland. She was the head of the Democratic Women’s Organization of Afghanistan during the ruling Democratic People’s Party of Afghanistan.
Parlika’s quest for women’s rights stemmed from a shift in maternity leave from 40 days to 90 days and then 180 days in Afghanistan.
His lawyer had also helped establish kindergartens in the workplace during the Democratic People’s Party. She was imprisoned in the late 1970s for her support of women’s rights and civil liberties.
Sahra Karimi, the director of the Afghan Institute has produced a documentary that covers Parlika’s life. The film received the Best Documentary Award at the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival in 2018.