In addition to ensuring that gender equality underpins all of the work we do, we also deliver stand-alone projects which specifically target women’s economic empowerment and gender rights.

Women's Economic Empowerment

We support women to gain the skills, knowledge, and tools to generate an income, enabling them to lift their families out of poverty. When poor women contribute to the household income, they also gain the respect of male family members and increased influence over household and community decisions.

We recently completed a four-year project to give 14,000 marginalised women the training, support, and equipment they needed to set up home-based businesses and start generating an income. Women could choose from a range of livelihoods activities, from tailoring to baking, dairy processing to bee-keeping. As a result:

  • Two out of three women increased their contribution to family income.
  • More than three quarters of participating families improved the quality and quantity of food they ate.
  • 98% of participating women reported increased confidence, with more than half reporting improved relations with male family members and many reporting that they are now more involved in family decision-making.
  • 95% more daughters are now able to attend school because of their mother's income.
  • 87% of the women who had experienced domestic violence before the project reported its reduction.

Women's Rights

Taking our promotion of gender equality into the public sphere, our civic engagement projects have built the capacity and confidence of women to advocate for their social and economic rights and have greater influence in political processes.

We recently completed a three-year project, in partnership with the Afghan Education Production Organisation and Afghanistan Civil Society Forum Organisation; through this project, Afghanaid trained 2,500 men and women in the principles of human rights and strategies to support women’s and children’s rights. As a result, the number of girls going to school in the target villages increased, as did the number of women participating in civil life, such as community development planning. We also trained 100 ‘human rights defenders’ who can intercede on behalf of women and girls in cases of domestic conflict. As a result of their efforts, we saw an increase in the successful resolution of domestic disputes and a marked decrease in violence against women and forced marriages.

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