Get to Know Our Fellows: Masouma Rasouli

Posted by on Oct 3, 2023

Masouma Rasouli is a passionate advocate for gender equality and education. Formerly a water supply engineer in Afghanistan she is now a software development student based in Landau in der Pfalz, Germany.

Why do you do what you do?
I pursue my passion because it fuels my purpose. Creativity drives me to inspire and impact others positively. Through my work, I strive to innovate, connect, and make a difference in people’s lives, leveraging my unique skills and perspectives to contribute to a better world.

Why did you apply for the Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship?
I applied for the Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship because I deeply believe in empowering and uplifting young girls. This fellowship aligns with my commitment to gender equality, education, and social change. It provides a platform to advocate for the rights and opportunities of girls, fostering a brighter future where every girl can thrive and contribute to society.

What would success look like for you after completing the Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship?
Success for me after the Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship would involve mobilizing religious leaders to actively advocate for girl child education within their communities. By fostering dialogues and initiatives that promote education, encouraging enrollment, and challenging harmful cultural norms, we can bridge the gender gap in education. Success would manifest in increased support from religious leaders, leading to improved access and quality of education for girls, empowering them to reach their fullest potential.

Why women and girls?
Empowering Afghan women and girls is even more urgent in the face of current challenges. With the Taliban’s denial of education to girls, it’s crucial to amplify efforts for their education and empowerment. Despite the obstacles, supporting them now is vital for a future where Afghan women and girls can reclaim their right to education and contribute to a brighter society.

How do you envision the Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship will impact the work you do? 
The Girl Child Long Walk Fellowship will profoundly influence my work by providing specialized training, resources, and a supportive network. It will enhance my understanding of gender-specific challenges and strategies to empower girls. This fellowship’s insights and mentorship will enable me to elevate my initiatives, fostering greater impact and ensuring a sustainable, positive change in the lives of girl children.

How has your faith impacted your work to date?
My faith has been a steadfast source of inspiration, compassion, and purpose in my work. It motivates me to serve others, promote justice, and uphold ethical principles. My beliefs drive me to contribute positively to society, striving to make a meaningful difference and uplift those in need, aligning my actions with the values and teachings of my faith.

What gives you joy?
Creating, learning, and helping others brings me joy. The act of building, gaining knowledge, and positively impacting someone’s life brings a sense of fulfillment and happiness that drives me forward every day.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I would stop war to bring lasting peace, saving lives, fostering understanding, and allowing humanity to focus on progress and prosperity.