Masuda Sultan

Project Lead: Afghan Women Forward

About Me

Masuda Sultan is an Afghan-American women’s rights activist and entrepreneur who has been working for over 20 years in support of women and girls in education, vocational training and protection from violence. She is a co-founder of Women for Afghan Women (in 2001) where she previously served in the capacity of board member and donor for 21 years. Women for Afghan Women grew to become the largest Afghan women’s organization with a focus on working with women survivors of domestic violence, women and children in prison, and mediating family conflict.

In 2008 Ms. Sultan was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan. In 2019 she co-founded All in Peace, a coalition of organizations dedicated to bringing the longest war in American history to a peaceful end. Ms. Sultan currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Committee. Her memoir, My War at Home, was published in early 2006 by Simon & Schuster. She has an MPA from Harvard University. Masuda is a cofounder and Executive Director of Unfreeze Afghanistan, and traveled to Afghanistan in March 2022 as part of the American Women’s Delegation for Peace and Education.