Women Leaders of Tomorrow welcomes a new leader, Nigara Shaheen

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continue in Japan, WLOT celebrates Afghan woman’s participation.

Nigara Shaheen, has been selected to be part of the International Olympic Committee’s refugee team. She was born and raised in Afghanistan and is a graduate of American University of Afghanistan. She earned her Master’s degree in Russia graduating with honors in Summer of 2021, just before departing to the training camp in Qatar to prepare of the Olympic Games.

The IJF, International Judo Federation, has created an initiative, to allow stateless athletes to compete world championships , Grand Slam, events and other major tournaments, as well as the Olympic Games. It is being called “Refugee with a Judo Mission”.

The team behind the initiative includes Keiko Mitsumoto of Tokai University in Japan and Friba Rezayee, the founder and executive director of WLOT. In 2018, herself a former Olympian in judo, began searching for other judokas who were living as refugees.

Her participation in the Olympics for Afghanistan — a first — inspired many other girls to participate in the sport in her homeland. Herself later came to Canada as a refugee so the project has special meaning to her.

After she contacted the Afghan Judo coach, Farhad Hazrati, Nigara Shaheen was introduced to WLOT, and WLOT requested Dr. Lisa Allen, the Commissionaire of Gender Equality at IJF, to accept her application; which she soon did.

Nigara Shaheen combined her studies with her judo training in Russia and with the support of the WLOT and the IJF and IOC, she made it to Tokyo for the games.

Nigara Shaheen during her online mentorship sessions with Eva/credit Eva

WLOT also provides mentorship programs for Afghan athletes. Eva Minarikova, from England is mentoring and supporting Nigara, ensuring she is in the best shape possible for the Olympic Games via online training sessions.. Eva describes the partnership as a success fulfilling Nigara’s goal of participating in the games.

GOAL at Police Judo

Women Leaders of Tomorrow presented #AfghanWomensJudoteam at #VPD #OSP #PoliceJudo to showcase Afghan girls achievements in #JudoSport.

We deeply thank the host for supporting human rights and women’s rights globally!


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WLOT will be speaking at Generation for Change in NYC!

Women Leaders of Tomorrow is honoured to be partnering with #GenerationforChange in #NYC for #GenerationforEquality to speak about gender equality, women’s rights and amplify Afghan women’s voices! There will be two amazing and vibrant young Afghan women representing WLOT @NasibaHakimi and @QudsiaKhaliln including @FribaRezayee.
To join the event and listen to these two change makers from Afghanistan, please click at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfuCvrz4tHNDgxkri4JS3jtGy50Prp0kW see you then!