The Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program is designed to enable Afghanistan’s most talented young women to become future leaders in government, business, and civil society. Over the course of five years, WLD will recruit and enroll 25,000 women who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and commitment to positive social change into the program. The aim is to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to enter the upper echelons of decision-making in all sectors of society —thus ensuring that all Afghan women’s voices are represented in government, business, and social institutions throughout the country.

Two main programs form the centerpiece of WLD activities—the Jawana and Royesh programs—in addition to mentorship, scholarship and alumnae activities. By supporting young women as they move into leadership roles, WLD hopes to influence Afghan society to advocate for policies and practices supporting women’s equality, welfare, and empowerment.