Join N Street Village for an intimate conversation with H.E. Roya Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador for the United States, and Rachel Martin, Journalist, and Co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Ambassador Rahmani will share her powerful journey of growing up as a refugee in Pakistan, the daily realities facing Afghan women today, and how she overcame adversity to become the first female Ambassador of Afghanistan.

Each ticket includes a traditional Afghan meal presented by Tables Without Borders in partnership with RSVP Catering. At-home delivery included for residents in the DMV.

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Ambassador Roya Rahmani

Roya Rahmani is the first woman to serve as Afghan ambassador to the United States of America and non-resident ambassador to Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Previously, she served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore, and ASEAN, and she was the first Director General for Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

She has two decades of experience working with NGOs, multilateral organizations, and various government agencies. In 2017 Indonesia Tatler named her the People’s Ambassador, and in 2019 she was featured on TIME Magazine’s “100 Next List” as a “fierce advocate of peace on Afghan terms.”

She has a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from McGill University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. She is the mother of a young daughter and often speaks passionately about the importance of equality and inclusivity for sustainable peace and progress.

Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin is a host of Morning Edition, as well as NPR’s morning news podcast Up First.

Before taking on this role in December 2016, Martin was the host of Weekend Edition Sunday for four years. Martin also served as National Security Correspondent for NPR, where she covered both defense and intelligence issues. She traveled regularly to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense, reporting on the U.S. wars.

Martin has worked extensively in Afghanistan over her career. She began reporting as a freelancer during the summer of 2003, covering the reconstruction effort in the wake of the U.S. invasion. In fall 2004, Martin returned for several months to cover Afghanistan’s first democratic presidential election. She has reported widely on women’s issues in Afghanistan, the fledgling political and governance system, and the U.S.-NATO fight against the insurgency. She has also reported from Iraq, where she covered U.S. military operations and the strategic alliance between Sunni sheiks and the U.S. military in Anbar province.

Martin holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.