founder AND CEO

Zohra Rasekh

The founder and CEO of Global Watch Group. As an international expert on gender, health and human rights, she is one of the world’s leading spokeswomen for human rights and gender equality in Afghanistan. 

Prior to Global Watch Group, Ms. Rasekh served as an independent human rights expert and Vice President for the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In this post, she was elected by 148 United Nations member states to the CEDAW Committee.

Before nomination to CEDAW Committee, Zohra Rasekh dedicated 7 years of her professional life to the improvement of human rights and women’s situation in post Taliban Afghanistan. Between 2003-2010 at the invitation of interim government of Afghanistan, she established and led a new addition in charge of international monitoring and evaluation of human rights and women’s issues. 

Some of Ms. Rasekh’s human rights research work includes an unprecedented study of women’s health and human rights under the Taliban regime. The result of her study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and many other prestigious journals and print media around the world. She also co-authored a book “The Taliban’s War on Women: A Health and Human Rights Crises in Afghanistan”—a publication by Boston based human rights organization, Physicians for Human Rights. 

Zohra Rasekh holds a Masters degree in public health from the George Washington University, Washington DC; and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Women and Public Policy a certificate on Women and Security. She has held leadership positions in national and international human rights and health organizations including Physicians for Human Rights, Populations Actions International and the DC Commission of Public Health.

Ms. Rasekh has published numerous articles for journals as well as books on the topic of women, human rights, terrorism and public health.

Some of her publications

  • Terrorism and Public Health: Addressing Public Opinion in Muslim Communities.

Oxford University Press, 2012