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 Governor, representatives from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, as well as the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Commerce and Industries,  the Human Right Commission in the north, academic staff, civil society activists, and the families of students who were graduating.

The WLD program currently has 2,400 women students across the country between 18 and 30 to become future leaders in government, business and civil society.  The Jawana curriculum provides a series of mentoring and experiential programs for three months to 2,400 current female participants in Kandahar, Nangahar, Mazar, Herat and Kabul to empower them to address and remove social and cultural barriers and explore ideas for social change.

More than 3,237 young women have enrolled in the Jawana program and a total of 1,396 young women have graduated from the program since 2015.