Episode 166: Professional Soccer Player Who Fled Afghanistan Is Now Empowering Women Around the World

Kawser Amine is the founder and CEO of Women in Solidarity for Peace and Leadership (WSPL), a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, CA that is dedicated to advocating for and amplifying the voices of women and girls around the world. 

Kawser was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is a former member of the female Afghan national soccer team. Kawser holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Management and specialization in International Relations. Kawser broke through many barriers throughout her life, but playing soccer for the women’s Afghan national team and receiving a Bachelor’s degree are two of them. Kawser has worked in numerous aspects of society including leadership, governance, politics, peace processes, and sports – but her dedication to empowering women and girls has been a strong theme throughout her life. 

Kawser founded Women in Solidarity for Peace and Leadership (WSPL) to advocate and amplify women’s voices by uniting influential figures worldwide and developing programs that empower women and girls to reach their full potential. Kawser’s goal is to address and abolish discrimination, inequality, and violence against girls and women in their home country of Afghanistan and around the world, and create a place where all women and girls are nurtured and encouraged to achieve their dreams and their highest potential.

Kawser joins The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast to share her inspiring life story, how she became interested in soccer and played for the national Afghan women’s team, why she founded Women in Solidarity for Peace and Leadership and she talks about their incredible, and so much more. 

Listen to episode #166 to hear Kawser’s inspiring story!

In this episode, you’ll hear: 

  • Kawser’s inspiring life story; 
  • Her experience of growing up in Kabul. Afghanistan and how she rose against all odds to play for the national Afghan women’s soccer team;
  • How she ended up in California and why she decided to start Women in Solidarity for Peace and Leadership;
  • Kawser’s perspective on what’s going on how we can support our sisters in Afghanistan, Iran, and around the world. 
  • And so much more. 

The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and everywhere you listen to podcasts. 

For more information about Kawser and Women in Solidarity for Peace and Leadership, please visit the WSPL website

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