Women's Leadership Development

Success Stories

Royesh Participant Strengthens the Global Movement of Street & Market Vendors

Parwana presenting of her project plan to team members, Kabul- Af-ghanistan. USAID Promote Women’s Lead-ership Development’s “Royesh” participant was awarded the 2nd place in the Business Competi-tion held by the US Embassy “I had a rough idea of becoming an entrepreneur, but I did ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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