Italian authorities have granted citizenship to the notorious Afghan judge Maria Bashir, the first woman to take over as attorney general in an Asian province but was rushed through Kabul in September as the last US troops left in their late twenties. have already regained power on 15 August.
Maria Bashir, 51, took over as attorney general in 2009 in Herat province in western Afghanistan. He fought against endemic corruption, violence against women, forced child marriages.
In the 1990s, during the Taliban days, she was unable to perform her duties.
“It was a very difficult time for women, everyone was afraid to go to work, and so was I; I had to stay home. “I opened a secret school in my house for the girls in the neighborhood,” the judge told the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2010.
In 2011, she received the State Department’s International Women of Courage Award. That same year, Forbes magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Maria Bashir had “worked closely with the Italian authorities when she was present in the country, helping to strengthen institutions and the rule of law in general,” the Italian cabinet said, confirming the decision to grant her citizenship.
“Italy intends in this way to show its support to all other Afghans, who continue to fight for their freedom and their rights and pay a heavy price,” the Italian justice minister said in a press release. Martha Cartabia, who personally went to greet Mrs Bashir upon her arrival in Rome on 9 September.