Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot Granted Asylum

We are excited to announce that Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female airplane pilot who spoke at Generation W, has been granted asylum in the United States. Niloofar left her native Afghanistan in 2015 to receive training in the U.S. and to escape death threats directed at her and her immediate family. Now, U.S. authorities have recognized it is too dangerous for her to return home.

“I’m really happy and thankful to all the people who made this happen,” Niloofar said, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “All I want now is to go back to my dream of flying.”

Watch the video of her story that we shared during this year’s Generation W below and click here to read more from the Wall Street Journal.