Farida Nekzad


Farida Nekzad is a prominent Afghan journalist and human rights defender, who was forced to flee after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. At the time, she was Director of the Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists, and earlier in her career the managing editor of Pajhwok Afghan News, one of the country’s largest independent news agencies.

Upon arriving in Canada, Ms Nekzad was met by Canadian Connections volunteers who helped her land the position of Journalist-in-Residence at Carlton University in Ottawa.

Farida is also a founding Board Member for Canadian Connections. We are grateful for her guidance and her continued support of our work.