Dr. Abbul-Wasi Rahraw Omarzad is a Professor at the University of Kabul and the founding director of the of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Afghanistan. The CCAA serves women who have been cut off from formal art training by the Taliban and/or afflicted by them in other ways. Dr. Omarzad is a leading crusader for the arts in Kabul, and uses the CCAA to empower women to express themselves in a society that is often hostile to such expressions. His work and that of his students have been featured in the New York Times and The Guardian, and have been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, the Asia Society, and the Documenta Exhibition in Kassel, Germany.
(Source: Guy Jordan, Associate Professor of Art History)