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Jawana Project Creates Opportunities for Girls Interested in Sports

Khoshobo Jami is the Team Leader of the Peace Runner Group. When asked how her team came up with the idea of a running competition she recalled the day. “Everything started in a morning session of our Jawana class. We were discussing different ideas ...

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Students from Promote Program Visit Nangarhar Provincial Counsel

On February 1, a group of 30 Jawana participants from Jawana program visited the Nangarhar Provincial Counsel for the first time. The objective of this visit was to learn about the Provincial Counsel, different leadership styles, and the vision and mission of the Council....

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Promote Women’s Leadership Development Program Helps Afghan Women Increase their Income Generating Opportunities

On February 15, a group of Jawana participants from The Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana program completed their women’s agriculture and economic growth project by supplying and selling chickens to local women. The objective of the project was to create an income generating ...

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Promote Women’s Leadership Development Program Recognizes the Graduates from Jawana Courses

On March 2, the Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana program organized a graduation ceremony for 346 new graduate students who participated in the first round of Jawana courses in Balkh Province. The guests included the Gender Specialist from the office of the Balkh ...

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Jawana participants encourage responsible use of Afghan bank notes

Afghan bank notes are in the worst state in which one might have ever seen money notes as they are folded too often, have writings on them, torn and dirty. Thus some advocate for cashless free pay because paper money and coins are potential ...

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How I Became Confident

When Bakht Mina* first began her one year internship program with the USAID Promote: Women in Government project, she struggled to be confident in herself and be assertive in group settings. As an Afghan woman in a male-dominated country, she grew up knowing women ...

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Logistics Internship in Ghor Leads to a New Career Path

Roya*, a 22-year old girl from Ghor Province of Western Afghanistan is a graduate of a local teacher training center and language institute. She completed her studies with high hopes of finding a decent job that would enable her to help her parents financially ...

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Promote Musharikat Awards Ten More Grants to Strengthen Advocacy for Women’s Rights and Empowerment

On March 15 -16, Musharikat held a two-two day Grant Orientation and Award Session for the second tranche of approved small grants under the Strengthening Advocacy for Women’s Rights and Empowerment Request for Application (RFA). Ten awardees from eight provinces Kunduz, Takhar, Faryab, Laghman, ...

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Jalalabad Food Processing Company Poised for Expansion after Business Evaluation

Gift to Zest (G2Z) is a Jalalabad-based food processing company that was established with AFN 400,000 (USD 6,000) in 2002; the company specializes in producing jams, pickles, and tomato paste. Although the company’s production was efficient, its internal management and financial record keeping lacked ...

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USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development mentors future leaders

Karima* is a happy and hardworking 26 years old Afghan woman with big dreams. In pursuit of her dreams, Karima has applied for multiple positions with the government and non-governmental organizations.  But no matter how many times she applied, she never successfully received ...

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Speaking of Success: Jawana Participants Learn the Art of Oratory

Khalida Jami* is a 22-year-old Herat University Faculty of Law graduate. Before enrolling in the USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana program, Jami was so shy she could barely express an opinion—particularly when conversing with more senior family members and specifically men. “I used ...

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Job placement services offer permanent solutions

Logar Province is located in the central zone of Afghanistan with a total of 655 villages and an estimated population of 411,845 people. Unemployment is high and work opportunities sparse, and even more so if you are a woman. 21 year old Maya*, from the ...

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Internship builds confidence for a young jobseeker

Anusheh Behzadi*, a high school graduate from Herat, completed a two year English language course in hopes of finding a well-paying job. Even with her academic background, she did not have any success. “I was unable to find a good job because I did not ...

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Building Bridges between Civil Society and Government to Advance Women’s Equality and Empowerment

Mrs. Gulalai Akbari, Chairwoman of the Meshrano Jirga’s Commission for Transportation and Telecommunication, addressing Coalition members On August 2, Musharikat Coalition members in Herat province were invited to meet with a delegation of Senators visiting Herat City to conduct stakeholder consultations as part of ...

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Bulk SMSs yield immediate “Yes’s”

 The USAID Promote: Women in Government project brought 821            women closer to their dream of public service. The project’s pilot SMS    messaging system, implemented in partnership with Roshan                    telecommunications company, ...

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Speech of U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley

Good morning everyone. Salam Alaikum.  First, I would like to recognize his Excellency CEO Dr. Abdullah, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Sima Samar, Dr. Sorabi and other distinguished guests who are here with us today. The ...

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The Art Work That Portrays the Lives of Afghan Women and Girls

By drawing this picture, we wanted to portray the lives of Afghan women and girls who suffered from wars and other torment. While there are opportunities to further girls’ education in Afghanistan, and we do see progress towards girls’ empowerment, the mindset of forcing ...

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Raising Awareness: USAID’s Promote: Jawana Participants Organize Maternal Health Sessions in Kabul

At the age of 38, Tarina is already a mother of 12 children. Numerous pregnancies have taken their toll. The fatigue is the worst, she says—that and the incontinence and chronic pain from injuries sustained during these childbirths. “This life is worse than death for me,” ...

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M-Paisa Provides Afghan Women with Affordable Access to Financial Services

Over the last decade, Afghanistan’s economy has grown from $2 billion in 2002 to more than $20 billion in 2015. However, it is estimated that 96% of Afghanistan’s 30 million-strong population is still not formally connected to financial institutions. Most of the young Afghan women ...

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Being a good mentor to Afghan female interns: sharing of knowledge and expertise

The USAID Promote: Women in Government project provides female interns with an opportunity to gain meaningful, hands-on work experience in a field of interest by providing internship opportunities at partner ministries. This helps the female interns to pursue and advance their career path with the ...

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Speech of H.E. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

In the name of Allah, the most merciful and the most compassionate Dear audience, my esteemed sisters, Dr. Samar and Dr. Sarabi, the honorable Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ambassador McKinley, Ms. Wilkins, and, most importantly, our sisters gathered ...

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USAID Promote: Women in the Economy Participates in 2nd Annual Education Expo in Kabul

The Education Expo, now in its second year, brought together over 200 leading educational institutions and service providers from across the country, including American University of Afghanistan, Kardan University, Karwan University, Ibn Sina University and Rana University. The Education Expo also provided an opportunity for ...

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Afghan Women Set The Agenda for USAID’s Promote Musharikat

Decisions, decisions.  Promote Musharikat gives women-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) and activists the power to choose and prioritize the most critical issues around which women need to coalesce to remove the barriers to women’s full participation in Afghan society.   Promote Musharikat sponsored a series ...

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The Art Work that Shows Women’s Empowerment

“This drawing shows the empowerment of women in the form of a fruitful tree. The tree represents the growth potential of participants. In nature, if there are opportunities for a tree to grow, it will become productive and fruitful. Similar to a tree, if there ...

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From Recruits to Recruiters

The USAID Promote Women in Government project has opened an exciting career path for interns Karima Saeed and Zarghona Tahiri. After completing their training at the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute (ACSI), they began three months of practical work at the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, ...

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Knowledge is Power: Jawana Participant Uses Newly Acquired Legal Expertise To Assist Women in Her Home Village

Last month, Seema Samadi, 20, a Jawana participant, returned to her home village in Nangarhar to startling news. A family friend had recently become widowed, and the woman’s family was forcing Seema’s friend to marry her deceased husband’s brother, otherwise known as a levirate marriage. ...

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Gender Equality Benefits Interns and Employers

Rising Sun Consulting and Business Service (RSCBS) is a private company that provides taxation, internal audit, and financial services. RSCBS learned about the Promote: Women in Economy (WIE) internship program and contacted WIE’s regional office in Mazar-i-Sharif. “We got to know about WIE’s internship program ...

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Growing a Viable Business: Jawana Participants Assisted Widows to Cultivate Soybeans

The soybean is a humble plant, but for a small group of Afghan widows, the soybean plant  offers the possibility of escaping poverty.  Three USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana participants developed a project to help disadvantaged women gain economic independence by cultivating and ...

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Promote Musharikat Strengthens Advocacy for Women’s Access to Education

USAID Promote Musharikat continues to strengthen the capacity of its Access to Education Coalition to design and execute effective advocacy campaigns. October 17-18, the project convened the third Musharikat Coalition Organizational Development and Planning Working Session, bringing together coalition leaders from 31 provinces to improve ...

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Promote Musharikat to Award 33 Grants to Strengthen Advocacy for Women

Musharikat has selected 33 Civil Society Organizations focused on women’s rights to receive grants through the Strengthening Advocacy for Women’s Rights and Empowerment Grants Request for Application (RFA) issued earlier this year. The RFA was designed to achieve three key objectives: development of strong, inclusive ...

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Jawana Participant Appointed First Female Prosecutor in Jalalabad Office of the Elimination of Violence against Women

From the time she could remember, Kamila Rahimi* believed her future would mirror the blighted dreams of all of the other women she grew up with. “I thought that, after going through all of this, I would end up like other women in my village: ...

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Deputy Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Supports Women’s Inheritance Rights

Many Afghan women do not receive their due inheritance because they are unaware of their rights or do not want to challenge their brothers, fathers, and husbands due to local culture. USAID Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) and its Technical Working Group (TWG) ...

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Women in Government Builds the Capacity of Afghan Women to Serve in Government Institutions

The USAID Promote: Women in Government internship program at the Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) will conclude a six-month civil service curriculum for 106 interns by mid-December.  Following their classroom training, the interns are slated to begin ...

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Showcasing Empowerment: USAID Jawana Participants Exhibit Final Projects

Under sunny skies and autumnal temperatures, 258 young Afghan women gathered at Afghanistan University in Kabul to showcase the fruits of three months of intensive training under the USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development Jawana program.  Jawana is an innovative USAID-funded, five-year program that is designed ...

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Jawana Graduate Opens English-language School in Kandahar

Shazia, 18, is passionate about languages, but she is particularly entranced with English. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and the arrival of the United Nations and other international organizations, Afghans’ interest in learning English has increased dramatically. Hundreds of private English-language schools ...

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Afghan Ministry of Women Affairs Published a Report of Work Place Obstacles

On October 25, 2016, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) held a public launch of its recently published Workplace Obstacles: Analysis and Recommendations Report.  With technical support provided by the USAID Promote: Women in Government, MoWA’s report aims to inform other ministries about the obstacles women ...

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Business Owner Expands Her Company with Access to Finance

Fadilah*, like many girls from under-educated families across Afghanistan, dropped out of school in the 7th grade., but she still tried to improve her economic situation but starting a home-based tailoring business in Mazar-i-Sharif.  Despite her tailoring skills, Fadilah was not making enough ...

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Musharikat Coalition Advocating for Afghan Women’s Inclusion in Labor Market

Building on the momentum of the Promote Musharikat National Summit in May, the Musharikat Access to Economic Opportunity Coalition is set to begin delivering on its objective to economically empower Afghan women. In August, coalition members gained valuable practical experience when they were invited to ...

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