Zahra Nazari, a machine learning and AI expert was forced to flee Afghanistan due to the restrictive policies of the Taliban revolution in 2021. After receiving post-doctoral offers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Alberta, she sought refuge in Pakistan. Now, as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta, Nazari is using her expertise to apply machine learning to the energy sector and also working on a project to help women in Afghanistan continue their education in STEM fields and find remote work opportunities. She launched an Afghanistan chapter of "Women in Tech," helping women access technology-related opportunities and digital rights. So far, she has enrolled Afghan girls in AI and Python courses and plans to conduct research to bridge the digital gender divide in her country. Through her efforts, she aims to empower Afghan women and promote their participation in society and development.

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