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Focus on Fellows

UNITAR Hiroshima Focus on Fellows

Participants in the UNITAR Hiroshima Office’s three fellowship programmes – for Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Iraq – come from diverse backgrounds, but all carry inspiring stories. Over the course of the six-month programmes, Fellows develop their knowledge and skills with regard to needs assessment and project development and implementation. They put what they learn into practice through working on a long-term project that is concretely grounded in their organization or community.

Through Focus on Fellows, the Hiroshima Office would like to highlight our Fellows’ passion, dedication, and growth. These are stories of their experiences with UNITAR's programmes, their projects, and how they work to improve their communities and countries.  

Afghanistan Women's Leadership Programme

  • Hanifa Girowal: Hanifa talks about how the WLP has shown her women's full potential strength via Hiroshima's story, and her take on women empowerment in Afghanistan.
  • Tahera Fahimi: Tahera shares the knowledge and skills she has learned through WLP 2018 Cycle and her wishes and goals for after the programme. 

Afghanistan Fellowship Programme

  • Friba Quraishi: Friba, who has been involved in the programme since 2012, reflects on how she sees Fellows grow year after year, as well as on her role as a mentor for the programme.
  • Dr. Abdullah Fahim: Dr. Fahim discusses the group project he helped develop over the course of AFP’s 2016 Cycle, along with how the programme has impacted his own work.
  • Mina Naikmal: Mina describes how she will use the concrete teamwork, leadership, and project planning skills she gained through the programme to empower women in Afghanistan.
  • Mariam Ghaznavi: Mariam explains how her experience as a Coach honed her facilitation skills and helped her become a successful leader in her workplace.
  • Zakir Hussain Hassanzada: 2018 Cycle Fellow Zakir discusses his group's project and explains how what he's learned through the Fellowship will impact his work. 
  • Shona Welsh: Longtime AFP Resource Person Shona shares how she became involved in the programme and which Fellows and projects made the biggest impression on her.

South Sudan Fellowship Programme

  • Christina Pita Lukudu: Christina explains the skills she gained through the programme and how they have positively impacted her work as a legal counsel.
  • Marial Luk: Marial describes how UNITAR’s programme gave him the tools to develop a project to train teachers; the project has since received funding. 
  • Hakim Monykuer Awuok: Hakim, whose project focused on internally displaced persons in Juba, discusses the current refugee and IDP crisis in South Sudan and how it impacts girls’ education. 

Iraq Fellowship Programme

  • Hasan Ismaeel Abd Alkadum Al-Ruaiey: Hasan speaks about his passion for training, the tools he gained through UNITAR's Iraq Fellowship Programme, and his commitment to his community.
  • Ranya Bakr: Ranya described how participating in UNITAR’s Iraq Fellowship Programme helped her develop and implement a project to connect young Iraqi architects and preserve valuable architectural heritage in her home country.