Mr. Wali Ahmad Shirzad, Founder and Bayan Progeramme Director, Women Human Rights and Media Organization (WHMO) The founder of the women human right and Media Organization (WHMO) Wali Ahmad Shirzad is a promoter of democracy, human rights and women s rights in Afghanistan. He is the founding programme Director of WHMO and has accrued a great deal of respect from his previous roles in organisation throughout Afghanistan. Mr. Shirzad graduated from Nangarhar University with a degree in both Law and Political Science. He gained notoriety from his involvement in the Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization (DSAWCO) in addition to also authoring many programme scripts and short stories used in humanitarian projects such as Election Democracy and Human rights, Election and Election Process Monitoring - Transitional Justice and Good Governance Accountability and Transparency Anti – Corrupting Skills. The mission of the Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization (DSAWCO) was raising public awareness, civic education; advocacy; and capacity building about the democratic and human right values. The organizations enhanced transparency between Afghan people and government through radio, television, publications, theatre, conversion, etc. the organization involved the Afghan youth, community leaders, religious scholars, and CSOs to advocate for the institutionalization of democratic values with local government authorities. In 2010, Mr. Shirzad founded his own organization, focusing on the empowerment of Afghan Women and the reduction of violence against women using the media. The Women Human Rights and Media Organization was and is the main media partner for Gander Concerns International in the pilot project Bayan I, Khaberi Kawen and the current project, Bayan II: Inclusive Governance and Improved Security through Influencing. Mr. Shirzad participated in the international events in the Netherlands and Brussels which were hosted by Dutch Parliament, European Parliament, NATO permanent mission, and ENNA, Dutch Afghanistan platform and Dutch police academy and women officers meeting. In addition, for his work for WHMO, Mr. Shirzad received an award from the DAI (PUM UP East Organization, a USAID partner), Fichtner Water and Transportation GmbH (fwt), Gender Concerns International (GCI) and US Embassy in Kabul. Appreciation certificate from Canada and membership certificates from Ministry of Women Affairs and Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN). Mr. Shirzad’s pet project has been Khaberi kawen, a project that builds the capacity of female, Afghan Members of parliament by conducting meetings to discuss methods to improve procedures, mechanisms, political allegiances, and votes of confidences to the cabinet. He has also, through Khabari Kawen, built capacity to decrease corruption in Parliament. The project's goal was to provide workshops to enhance the political campaigns of female members of Parliament with the use of new media, sustainable platforms for communication and networking with the press, the public, and their peers.