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.

In 2021, we will directly support more than five hundred and sixty-three thousand women across Afghanistan.

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.

After enrolling on one of Afghanaid's six-month training courses in poultry-rearing, Fatima had the confidence to start her own business, I was so happy to get the opportunity to receive some kind of education... I can now count my own money, I can count the number of eggs my chickens produce, and I have a proper understanding of buying and selling”.

Read Fatima's Story

One of our long-term projects, which gave 14,000 marginalised women the training, support, and equipment they needed to set up home-based businesses and start generating an income resulted in:

       

    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 ran a three-year project, in partnership with the Afghan Education Production Organisation and Afghanistan Civil Society Forum Organisation, which 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.

    What are we up to at the moment?

    Drawing on the experience gained from our previous projects, we're currently running a large-scale project funded by UK Aid Direct, which includes:

    • Running literacy classes;
    • Helping women set up their own businesses;
    • Promoting women's rights;
    • Raising awareness of health and hygiene;
    • Growing women's engagement in community governance.

    So far, 25% of the women who have enrolled in our vocational training courses have already set up their own businesses, selling their products within their villages and at district and provincial markets.

    By providing vulnerable women with the knowledge, resources, and agency to have greater influence in the household and community decisions that affect their lives and their family, they can drive both poverty reduction and gender equality.

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