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Jawana Training Shapes Life of Young Woman

Before 19-year Shazia enrolled in the Promote-Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana (meaning “sapling” in Dari and Pashto) program, she never believed that her dreams of running her own business would be realized. After graduating from the three-month Jawana program, she began to think differently—but still

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New Graduate Sees Internship as Ticket to Her Dream Job

Maryam Abraham[1] is one of the many young professionals in Afghanistan hoping to find a job. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Herat University in 2014 but even a year after graduation, she was still looking for a job! Maryam had diligently searched

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Musharikat Mobile Platform Helps Create Women’s Rights Advocates

“Read the Constitution of Afghanistan, the Elimination of Violence Against Women legislation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and local laws and mechanisms which grant you your basic rights, so that you are

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Interns Today, Government Employees Tomorrow

On June 11, 2016, the USAID Promote: Women in Government team and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development (AIRD) partnered together to launch the six-month civil service internship training for 117 interns. Interns began their journey by

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Ready to Sprout: Royesh Aids Future Instructors to Raise Confident Learners

At the young age of 20, Najiba Sahil* is fully committed to helping the women of her country. Coming from Samarkandia, a small rural village in Balkh Province, the young teacher has fought furiously to reach where she is now! Today, Najiba is among the

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From Intern to Librarian: “They Hired Me!”

Salima Karimi* was one of the first interns to participate in the Promote-Women in Government (WIG) program, starting her internship with the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in March 2016. Salima describes her experience as a great learning opportunity, even though it was challenging

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Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women

This is the story of 22-year old Fatima Azam*, a fourth-year Software Engineering student at Kabul University! Let’s hear how she got inspired to create a mobile app aiming to help her fellow citizens. “In 2015, my father did the Haj,” she said, referring to

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Musharikat Training to Groom Advocates for Women’s Rights

From June 4th-5th, Promote Women’s Rights Groups and Coalitions (Musharikat) and USAID’s Assistance to Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan program trained thirteen female coalition leaders from nine provinces and eleven Musharikat technical staff on legislative processes and advocacy techniques. The training covered areas of the legislative

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Musharikat’s Mobile Platform to Expedite Communications among Coalitions

Promote-Musharikat is undertaking creative measures to create linkages among its coalitions and foster effective networking. This will help the coalitions to establish and advance virtual information exchange and generate new ways to connect to women’s rights networks. Earlier during its National Summit, Musharikat introduced its

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Women Activists Come Together in Mazar, Jalalabad and Herat in Preparation for the Promote Musharikat National Summit in May

In February, the Musharikat Project conducted a series of three regional consultative forums in Mazar, Jalalabad and Herat, bringing together about 100 activists and civil society organizations working to advance women’s rights and empowerment in Afghanistan. Every province in all three regions were represented, including

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The Scars of Street Harassment

For many Afghan women, just leaving the house to go to market can be an uncomfortable, tense and even frightening experience. Men – either in groups or even alone – hiss, taunt, cajoles and harass them in all kinds of inappropriate manners. The prevalence of

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The First Step Forward on My Career Path

Eighteen-year-old Najia Amani* from Herat graduated from high school last year. Her goal was to help her country by working in a business. “I understand that the economy is one of the most important keys to a country’s improvement,” she said. However, like many girls

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Placement of 17 Pilot Interns at Afghan Ministries

The USAID Promote: Women in Government Program is pleased to announce that it placed 17 pilot interns in ministries for their three months practical work.  This marks the conclusion of this cohort’s successful completion of the six-month, classroom-based training at Afghanistan Civil Service Institute

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Karima is Breaking Barriers by Following Her Dreams

Karima Hamidi* is an intern in the pilot group of the USAID Promote: Women in Government internship program, which aims to support young women as they gain entry into the Afghan civil service. Karima graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and has continued

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Afghan Women to Use Technology to Stop Street Harassment

As part of ongoing celebrations of Women’s History Month, USAID’s Promote Women in the Economy (WIE) program recognized three women who developed the best concepts for a mobile device application to help women confront street harassment in Afghanistan. The applications, developed as part of USAID

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Afghan Business Association Honors Jawana Graduates at International Women’s Day

Eleven graduates from the USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development’s (WLD) Jawana program had cause to celebrate this week after being honored at an awards ceremony commemorating International Women’s Day.The event, hosted March 9 by the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), marked a significant milestone

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Musharikat Conducts Its First Consultative Forum

Musharikat conducted its first consultative forum: the Emerging Women Advocates Forum on Jan. 27, in which 33 “next generation” young women advocates from 20 provinces worked together to identify and explore the priority issues which impact their ability to exercise their rights and fully participate

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Forward Together Scholarship Program for Young Afghan Females

Promote: Women in the Economy is working to bridge the gap between education and employment opportunities through the introduction of “Forward Together” scholarships for women and girls. The government estimates there are approximately 700,000 job seekers including high school graduates and those with college or

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Strong Commitment for Brighter Career Prospects

Naila Sarwari*, a young, dedicated intern, completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2003. Unfortunately, due to a lack of experience and professional communications skills, she was not able to find a job after her graduation. Then in August, 2015 Naila joined the USAID

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Jawana Students Clean up Communities while Fostering Community Engagement among Women

Aside from decades of war and conflict, Afghanistan’s population has another threat to the wellbeing of its people. Neglect of the natural environment across the country, over-population and air pollution from vehicle and industrial exhaust in many urban areas impact quality of life and public

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Promote Musharikat Regional Director Making a Difference for Women in the North

The new Regional Director for the USAID Promote Musharikat program based in Mazar-i-Shari f, Dr. Zohra Faizi, is leading activities in the North and continuing a longstanding commitment to serving Afghan women in her community. In her new role, Faizi will work with women-focused civil

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Promote Women in Government Interns Building Confidence to Succeed in Civil Service

Interns enrolled in the USAID Promote Women in Government program feel confident that the internship program represents a critical first step to building a strong professional network in the Afghan civil service. Through their intensive training at the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute (ACSI), interns are

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WHAT IS THE PROMOTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE?

The Promote Advisory Committee was launched in June and is a 15-member high-level group that meets quarterly to advance women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. Its goal is to support Promote’s successful and transparent implementation and ensure Promote is aligned with the needs of Afghan women

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PROMOTE STUDENTS MEET WITH FIRST LADY

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Sixteen young women in Promote’s Jawana program met with First Lady Rula Ghani in late November to discuss their social service projects and share how the program has transformed their lives. The young women are among 700 around the country who completed the

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MUSHARIKAT REGIONAL DIRECTOR QUICKLY STEPS INTO NEW JOB

Zahra Ibrahimi is the new regional director in Herat running Promote’s Musharikat program in the west region of Afghanistan and already she is making a difference. Ibrahimi will be working with Civil Society Organizations in Herat, Badghis, Farah, Ghor and Nimroz provinces to get them

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JAWANA STUDENTS SPREAD BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Breast cancer claims the lives of more Afghan women than maternal mortality and heart disease combined, but remains largely shrouded in mystery. In 2014, breast cancer made up more than one third (an estimated 7,000) of Afghanistan’s 20,000 cancer-related deaths each year. After studying

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JAWANA STUDENTS HELP FEMALE DRUG ADDICTS IN HERAT

“I don’t like this life, where I am daily being sexually abused by everyone,” said Zahra, whose addiction after her husband’s death caused her to lose custody of her two children. Zahra found help from six young Afghan women participating in the USAID Promote

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Jawana Students Develop Mushroom Business to Help Widows

Six Jawana students in Kabul found an innovative way to help disadvantaged women start businesses at home to provide income and boost self-esteem: Growing mushrooms. The idea made a big difference for thirty-four-year old Zubaida. Two of her five sons were killed in Kabul suicide

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Afghan Ministries Demonstrate Strong Support for Promote’s Women in Government Program

Afghan government ministries have shown tremendous support for Promote’s Women in Government program by offering the pilot program a variety of three-month internships for participants to get practical government experience that could lead to a job. To date, 18 of Afghanistan’s 23 ministries have openings

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A GREAT CHANCE FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Sohaila Ahmadi*, a 22-year-old woman who graduated from Kabul University’s psychology faculty in 2013, found the USAID Promote: Women in Government internship program very useful in her personal and professional development. When Sohaila graduated, she was looking for opportuni-ties to learn more about government work

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READING, WRITING, CRITICAL THINKING, AND ASKING QUESTIONS

Some say that the Taliban regime brought Afghanistan's development back 100 years, and one of the most critical areas that it affected was women's rights. Under the Taliban, women were not allowed to work outside of the home, interact with men, or even pursue education.

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PROMOTE RECRUITMENT - RIGOROUS BUT REWARDING

Promote programs in business, government, civil society and leadership are not for every woman. Promote programs are designed for women between 18 and 30 who are willing to complete challenging coursework to better equip themselves to find jobs and become leaders in Afghan society. The

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JAWANA LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS GOING STRONG

Promote’s Women’s Leadership Development program currently has 31 workshops underway across the country to hone the skills of educated women between 18 and 30 to become future leaders in government, business and civil society. The Promote Jawana curriculum provides a series of mentoring and experiential

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PROMOTE IS BUILDING A WOMEN’S DORM AT AUAF

USAID Promote is funding the design and construction of a 200-bed women’s dormitory at the American University of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s CEO, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, joined about U.S. and university officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking on Oct. 28. With him were Ambassador Michael Raynor, assistant

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A STRONG WOMAN WITH MANAGEMENT POTENTIAL

Muska Naeemi*, 23, graduated from Kabul University in 2014 but couldn’t find a job since she did not have previous work experience. Then her husband heard about Promote’s Women in Government internship program. Muska went through the demanding application process, earning one of 25

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