The situation

Despite progress over the past 15 years, Afghanistan remains one of the hardest places in the world to be a woman. With a female literacy rate as low as 16%, women and girls still face major barriers to accessing education and employment, and continue to face widespread discrimination and hardship. They are not given the opportunity to contribute to the development of their communities, or participate in decision-making processes which affect their own lives and that of their children.

Amidst COVID-19 and soaring food insecurity and poverty, Afghan women are hardest hit. Mothers are often the first to forego food when there is a shortage and yet, when crises happen, they often play a critical role in the survival of families and communities.

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Our solution

Despite the many challenges they face, Afghan women hold the potential and determination to drive real, lasting change. Decades of research, and our own experience, shows that where women are directly involved, societies will become more inclusive, prosperous, and strong.

We support women to gain the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to generate an income, enabling them to lift their families out of poverty and drive progress in their communities. When given the opportunity, these women invest their money in their children's health and education, paving the way for the next generation.

When poor women contribute to the household income, they also gain the respect of male family members. This, alongside our work to build the capacity and confidence of these women, ensures that their voices are heard at all levels of decision-making.

How you can help

In 2021, we are working to reach more than five hundred and sixty-three thousand women across Afghanistan. We need your help to:

  • Run literacy courses, teaching poor women to read and write - a vital first step;
  • Support women to gain the tools, knowledge and skills they need to set up their businesses and earn an income to support their families;
  • Ensure that women living with disabilities, or elderly women, can enrol in our courses;
  • Deliver training courses on women's rights to men and women in some of the most remote areas of the country, enabling them to challenge the status quo and work together for a better future.

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Not in a position to donate? 

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  1. Watch and share the recording of our free live eventfeaturing a host of inspiring women who are challenging the status quo and paving the way for a more equal future in Afghanistan.
  2. Read and share Fatima's or Benafsha's story, to help us celebrate the achievements of the women we're working with.
  3. Fundraise for for women in Afghanistan and get your community involved in transforming the lives of people in theirs.

Thank you! 

We could not do what we do without you - any support you give means a huge amount to us and will make a real difference to the lives of woman and girls in Afghanistan, now and in the future.