The Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program was 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 recruited and enrolled 25,000 women who demonstrated exceptional leadership potential and commitment to positive social change. The aim of the program was to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to enter the upper echelons of decision-making in all sectors of society, ensuring that all Afghan women’s voices are represented in government, business, and social institutions throughout the country.

The Jawana and Royesh programs formed the centerpiece of WLD activities and were supplemented with mentorship, a scholarship program, and alumnae activities. These activities supported young women as they moved into leadership roles enabling them to influence Afghan society and advocate for policies and practices supporting women’s equality, welfare, and empowerment.