The Afghanistan Women's Empowerment Program is a project of the Aga Khan Foundation, with funding from Global Affairs Canada, which aims to advance women's empowerment by increasing social and economic participation of women in 36 districts of Takhar, Baghlan and Bamyan provinces.
Through the creation of both institutional capacity and an enabling environment, individual women are empowering themselves socially and economically with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage in public life and integrate into the economy. Programme activities target the individual, the household, the community and the wider society – the four levels where women’s empowerment needs to occur.
Key activities include:
- Training women in market-driven vocational skills, business management and entrepreneurship.
- Establishing and training community-based savings groups.
- Holding literacy classes for women and establishing libraries, supported by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
- Conducting gender-sensitive governance training for district governors’ offices.
- Training employees of the Department of Women’s Affairs in the promotion of women’s empowerment, gender equality and project management.
The programme is benefitting more than 234,000 Afghans, 90 percent of whom are women and adolescent girls. It is also supporting over 21,000 men and women in key roles, including personnel of the Department of Women’s Affairs and District Governor Offices, religious leaders, members of existing community institutions, members of civil society organisations and the media. The programme is working predominantly in rural areas.
This article has been adapted from an article originally published on the Aga Khan Foundation Canada website. The original may be read here.