About Nadia

Nadia Ghulam Dastgir’s story begins in the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, where she survived the horrors of conflict and the tyranny of the Taliban regime. Her journey is one of unimaginable adversity, yet it is also a narrative of immense courage and determination. Today, Nadia stands as a beacon of hope, dedicating her life to the cause of peace, human rights, and the empowerment of those on the fringes of society.


Driven by her own experiences, Nadia’s mission is to catalyze positive change and contribute to the creation of a world where peace and justice are not just ideals, but realities. She focuses on highlighting the struggles of refugees, with a special emphasis on the experiences of women and children, bringing their stories to the forefront of global consciousness.

Additionally, Nadia views Afghan cuisine as a powerful medium of cultural expression, as well as a symbol of peace and unity. Through the universal language of food, she strives to foster connections and understanding among people.

Logo of Ponts per la Pau

Ponts per la Pau

In her unwavering commitment to peace and social justice, Nadia founded “Ponts per la Pau”, an association dedicated to building bridges between divided communities, promoting dialogue, and supporting the rehabilitation and integration of war victims. This initiative reflects her belief in the power of unity and collaboration to overcome conflict and division.


Nadia’s literary contributions include a range of award-winning novels and impactful memories. Works like “The Secret of My Turban” and “Dreaming of Peace” delve deep into the resilience of the human condition and the enduring hope for peace amidst adversity. Through her writing, Nadia offers profound insights into the struggle for dignity and the universal desire for harmony.


Nadia’s activism spans from local communities to the international arena, where she tirelessly works to advance human rights, champion women’s empowerment, and foster understanding across cultural divides. Her collaborations with organizations like ACNUR or Fundipau, exemplify her commitment to making a tangible difference in the world.

Photo of Nadia “in action” ©Martin Pabis

Speaking Engagements

Nadia is a sought-after speaker known for her engaging storytelling and deep insights into issues of peace, justice, and human rights. She is available for conferences, workshops, and events, where her experiences and perspectives inspire action and foster a deeper commitment to social change.

Photo of Nadia at a speech/international conference © IPU

Video of an interview © TEDx

Media Coverage

Nadia’s impactful work has been featured in various media outlets, including television, radio, and online platforms. This section of the website showcases articles, interviews, and documentaries that highlight Nadia’s contributions to peace and social justice.

Join Nadia's Mission for Peace

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