Roqia Alavi lived as a refugee in Iran until she was 16 years old.

In 2002, upon the collapse of the Taliban, the family returned to the Mazar Sharif province in Afghanistan and Alavi graduated from High School the same year.

In 2003, she moved to Kabul to get a better chance to engage in cultural and social activities. At that time she was working as a nurse but she was looking for a more efficient way to create social change and have her voice heard.

While she was searching for such an opportunity, her husband surprised her with a special gift that would change her life.

He gave her a photography training workshop conducted by teachers from 3rd Eye. This was the start of a new life with photography, and after the workshop many other followed.

She believes that photography can initiate a revolution and lead to greater social transformations. First of all she wants to use her photography to change the negative image of Afghanistan, which is presented to the world through the foreign media.

Alavi is working very hard to reach her goals, and though it’s a tough struggle she is getting there step by step.

Unlike many other women of her time she does not want to stay silent because silence leads to being trapped, she says.