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Nazira Karimi

Afghan Reporter & Journalist

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Nazira Karimi Biography

When Nazira Karimi, an Afghan journalist, began her career as a reporter in 1990, she didn’t suspect that just a few years later she and her entire family would face a terrifying saga of harassment, death threats, and violence that would consume their lives for years.

Karimi first thought about a career in journalism in 9th grade. Her teacher noticed her inquisitive mind, her lively spirit, and her constant stream of questions, and in tandem with her parents, encouraged her to pursue her natural talents.

Young Karimi quickly rose to prominence in Afghanistan for her intrepid journalism, reporting on and speaking out against the fanatical activities of aggressive militia groups who would become known as the Taliban. She decried their gender-apartheid politics and brutality against Afghan women and girls, and she was admired by the public for her advocacy. Members of the Taliban were desperate to silence her courageous voice.

In 1994, Karimi found out Taliban hitmen were planning her murder. She fled to Pakistan with her husband and children, and began working at the BBC, where she bravely continued to report on Taliban atrocities. In 1996, when the Taliban took over Kabul, things took a turn for the worse, especially for women in the region. At one point, during an interview for the BBC, she asked a Taliban spokesman about whether the Taliban would allow women to work. In response, he detained her for three hours, after which he told her to never come back and stay at home.

No longer safe in Pakistan, Karimi contacted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) repeatedly for help, but was told there was no refugee resettlement program for Afghans. It wasn’t until the Taliban kidnapped and nearly beat her husband to death that the UNHCR officer finally took special emergency action and immediately resettled Karimi, her husband, and children in the United States as refugees.

While Karimi adjusted to life in the United States, the Taliban began to harass her relatives in Afghanistan. They sent death threats, and one night broke into the home of Karimi’s mother, brother, and unwed sister. Two men beat her mother and attempted to rape her sister, but her brother fought them off. They pursued him as he fled, mutilating his feet in a spray of gunfire, though he managed to escape. After that, all 16 members of Karimi’s family went into hiding. When they applied to the UNHCR for refugee status in 1999, they were denied, twice.

Karimi, determined to help her family, contacted the Feminist Majority Foundation, who in turn retained the services of Tahirih Justice Center. The two organizations appealed the UNHCR’s decision. As the family waited for a resolution, the situation in Afghanistan worsened. The Taliban tortured several of the Karimi’s friends and neighbors for information. Karimi’s mother panicked, begging Karimi to turn herself over to the Taliban, promising she would kill herself and her Karimi’s sister by jumping out a window, rather than be found by the Taliban.

Having lost all hope, and in a constant state of fear, anxiety, and illness, Karimi threatened to set herself on fire in front of the White House to end the suffering and draw attention to the Taliban’s brutality and needs of her family. The Feminist Majority and Tahirih leapt into action, and amazingly were able to garner enough support to expedite the Karimi’s emergency refugee processing and resettlement.

Karimi now works very happily as a successful reporter for Ariana Television Network, the largest channel in Afghanistan, which reaches millions of viewers, and her family has thrived in their new lives in the United States. Her oldest daughter is becoming a nurse, and her son works in the financial sector, while one of her nephews is a State Department diplomat and another is studying to be a doctor. One of her nieces studied criminal justice and will be a police officer. The Karimi’s case also resulted in a well-received recommendation to expedite the resettlement of Afghan women in the United States, and for the establishment of a permanent INS processing center in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Nazira Karimi

    Speaking fees for Nazira Karimi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Nazira Karimi are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Nazira Karimi, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Nazira Karimi speak about?

    Nazira Karimi is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Government, International Relations, Journalism, Media, Political Speakers, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Nazira Karimi travel from?

    Nazira Karimi generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Nazira Karimi’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Nazira Karimi for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nazira Karimi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Nazira Karimi or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Nazira Karimi Biography

When Nazira Karimi, an Afghan journalist, began her career as a reporter in 1990, she didn’t suspect that just a few years later she and her entire family would face a terrifying saga of harassment, death threats, and violence that would consume their lives for years.

Karimi first thought about a career in journalism in 9th grade. Her teacher noticed her inquisitive mind, her lively spirit, and her constant stream of questions, and in tandem with her parents, encouraged her to pursue her natural talents.

Young Karimi quickly rose to prominence in Afghanistan for her intrepid journalism, reporting on and speaking out against the fanatical activities of aggressive militia groups who would become known as the Taliban. She decried their gender-apartheid politics and brutality against Afghan women and girls, and she was admired by the public for her advocacy. Members of the Taliban were desperate to silence her courageous voice.

In 1994, Karimi found out Taliban hitmen were planning her murder. She fled to Pakistan with her husband and children, and began working at the BBC, where she bravely continued to report on Taliban atrocities. In 1996, when the Taliban took over Kabul, things took a turn for the worse, especially for women in the region. At one point, during an interview for the BBC, she asked a Taliban spokesman about whether the Taliban would allow women to work. In response, he detained her for three hours, after which he told her to never come back and stay at home.

No longer safe in Pakistan, Karimi contacted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) repeatedly for help, but was told there was no refugee resettlement program for Afghans. It wasn’t until the Taliban kidnapped and nearly beat her husband to death that the UNHCR officer finally took special emergency action and immediately resettled Karimi, her husband, and children in the United States as refugees.

While Karimi adjusted to life in the United States, the Taliban began to harass her relatives in Afghanistan. They sent death threats, and one night broke into the home of Karimi’s mother, brother, and unwed sister. Two men beat her mother and attempted to rape her sister, but her brother fought them off. They pursued him as he fled, mutilating his feet in a spray of gunfire, though he managed to escape. After that, all 16 members of Karimi’s family went into hiding. When they applied to the UNHCR for refugee status in 1999, they were denied, twice.

Karimi, determined to help her family, contacted the Feminist Majority Foundation, who in turn retained the services of Tahirih Justice Center. The two organizations appealed the UNHCR’s decision. As the family waited for a resolution, the situation in Afghanistan worsened. The Taliban tortured several of the Karimi’s friends and neighbors for information. Karimi’s mother panicked, begging Karimi to turn herself over to the Taliban, promising she would kill herself and her Karimi’s sister by jumping out a window, rather than be found by the Taliban.

Having lost all hope, and in a constant state of fear, anxiety, and illness, Karimi threatened to set herself on fire in front of the White House to end the suffering and draw attention to the Taliban’s brutality and needs of her family. The Feminist Majority and Tahirih leapt into action, and amazingly were able to garner enough support to expedite the Karimi’s emergency refugee processing and resettlement.

Karimi now works very happily as a successful reporter for Ariana Television Network, the largest channel in Afghanistan, which reaches millions of viewers, and her family has thrived in their new lives in the United States. Her oldest daughter is becoming a nurse, and her son works in the financial sector, while one of her nephews is a State Department diplomat and another is studying to be a doctor. One of her nieces studied criminal justice and will be a police officer. The Karimi’s case also resulted in a well-received recommendation to expedite the resettlement of Afghan women in the United States, and for the establishment of a permanent INS processing center in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Nazira Karimi Videos

  • Afghan reporter Naziri Karimi gets emotional during Pentagon news briefing

FAQs on booking Nazira Karimi

  • How do I book Nazira Karimi to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Nazira Karimi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Nazira Karimi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Nazira Karimi or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Nazira Karimi

    Speaking fees for Nazira Karimi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Nazira Karimi are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Nazira Karimi, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Nazira Karimi speak about?

    Nazira Karimi is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Government, International Relations, Journalism, Media, Political Speakers, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Nazira Karimi travel from?

    Nazira Karimi generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Nazira Karimi’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Nazira Karimi for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nazira Karimi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Nazira Karimi or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Nazira Karimi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nazira Karimi for your event is available upon request. Nazira Karimi generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Farida Nekzad, Vijay Prashad, Ellen Knickmeyer, Zarghuna Kargar and Clarissa Ward. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nazira Karimi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Afghan reporter Naziri Karimi gets emotional during Pentagon news briefing

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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