Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: Global
Scholar Status: Scholar Alum
Rhodes Identifier: Afghanistan & Somerville 2020
Summia Tora is the founder of Dosti Network, an organization focused on providing Afghans access to resources and information to flee persecution and access global support networks. In August 2021 after the fall of the Afghan government, the Dosti Network launched a global effort to connect Afghans fleeing persecution with resources to resettle in a safe country and for those staying in Afghanistan to access needed resources. Prior to August 2020, Dosti was active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, most recently launching a program to destigmatize menstruation by educating girls about menstrual hygiene and teaching them to make reusable pads. The efforts focused on connecting girls virtually across borders to empower them to work collaboratively on peacebuilding within their communities. Through its efforts, the Dosti Network has reached more than 600 young women in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. She grew up as an Afghan refugee in Pakistan and has advocated and worked on refugee resettlement in the United States, Pakistan, and Greece. Her journey has been featured in the NYTimes, BBC World, the Economist, and NPR. In 2020, she was elected as the first Rhodes scholar from Afghanistan and most recently completed a Master’s of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and supporting Afghan to access safety through Dosti Network. She is also a visiting scholar at the Ethics Law and Armed Conflict at Blavatnik School of Government.