AWEC’s Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) project is implemented in partnership with Tetra-Tech with funding by USAID. The goal of the WLD project is to equip young female leaders with leadership and management skills and gender knowledge to enable them to aspire to and reach leadership roles in Afghanistan. The overall objective is to reach gender equity through increased women’s participation in leadership. AWEC implements the WLD Jawana project in four provinces: Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif. Since 2015, AWEC has graduated over 6,000 young women in the Jawana program. During their Jawana courses, the young women learn about project design and implementation, management and leadership, gender equality, interview and presentation skills, how to conduct surveys, teamwork, and community building. The young women have gone on to start their own businesses and non-profit ventures, pursue higher education, find employment, and more—while keeping gender considerations in mind.
WEED project aimed at economic empowering of women in four villages including Dehdai Kuhna, Shaikhabad, Qoltemor and Baba Qoshqar of Dehdadi District in Balkh province.A total of 40 women benefited from this project by working in 4 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) through processing dairy products including yoghurt, milk and cream. Although this project has started in October 2017, the donor has extended it until November 2019. CAFOD UK has funded WEED project. Under the extension phase, there will be two new SHGs in 2019 which will provide employment for 20 more women.
It is a three years project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a duration of 38 months (November 2016 to December 2019). A coalition of three organization including AWEC, Cordaid, and OXFAM NOVIB has implemented this project. Six provinces including Nangarhar, Paktia, Parwan, Balkh, Daikundi and Herat were target areas for this project. Safh-e- Jadid project aimed at contributing to the increased security and justice for women and girls in Afghanistan.
The ANNA Center provides an educational safe environment for street working children who are not able to attend regular public schools. In this center, children learn school subjects and they participate in various programs including accelerated education, literacy, computer and English courses as well as awareness sessions on child rights and the importance of education. These children also learn how to protect themselves while working on the streets of Kabul. Approximately 250 children benefit from this center annually. ANNA’s center introduced 50 children in public schools. This center is located in Kabul city.
Amplify Change is to empower women and girls in Afghanistan to participate in decision making processes within the Afghan society. The project will work to make changes at this level in nine districts across three provinces of Afghanistan: Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar. The theory of change (TOC) is based on two strategic pillars that work together to contribute to the kinds of changes the project seeks to support:
Pillar one: Empowering women and girls to access services and amplify their voices for supportive community.
Pillar two: Amplifying the voices of civil society, especially WROs, to connect, reflect, share, learn and adapt their approaches to advance women’s rights, especially the right to live free from violence.
Project Period: April 2017 – March 2022, Funded by: Global Affairs Canada, Lead by: OXFAM Afghanistan, Implementing by: Afghan Women’s Education Centre (AWEC), Target Area: Herat (Enjeel, Karokh and Gozara districts)
AWEC implemented Education in Emergency (EiE) project for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and returnees’ children in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kunduz and Laghman Provinces from August 14, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The project aim was to provide quality education facilities to conflict effected children in Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz and Kunar Provinces. The project implemented by a consortium of three national NGOs, Equality for peace and Democracy (EPD), and The Liaison Office (TLO) and AWEC and the consortium was led and coordinated by AWEC.
Project Results Achieved:
1. AWEC trained 25 participants included master trainers of EiE partner NGOs and PEDs and focal points on EiE preparedness and response plan.
2. A total of 32 Temporary Learning Space (tents) are provided to schools and 1800 hundred children are benefited from these tents.
3. A total of 253 CBE classes are established and 7614 children (G=4616, B=2998) are benefited from these classes.
4. A total of 4500 (G=2623, B=1877) IDPs and returnees’ children in public schools received Top Up Kits.
5. During the project period 112 ALC classes are established and 2815 Children (G=1704, B=1111) are benefited from these classes.
6. 199 new teachers hired and trained.
7. A total of 180 Advocacy and outreach session on different topics are conducted. An Average of 3600 people are benefited from these sessions.
8. 20 Education personnel are trained on EiE.
9. Total 80 school shuras (2 people per shura) are oriented on EiE.
10. 26780 children are benefited from contingency kits (textbooks, black board, stationary and floor mate.
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Amplify Change: Supporting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
The overall objective of Mina’s List is to increase women’s equal and substantive political representation in national governments globally. Mina’s List (ML) was launched in 2015, in support of Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and Afghan Women’s Educational Center (AWEC) and financial support of UN Women Afghanistan for phase I is conducted and phase II will soon be conducted.
While Phase I and Phase II will focus on aspiring women candidates. Phase III will focus on all women candidates in 2018 parliament candidates and voter and civic education in order to:
- Raise awareness of women voter of their civic rights and responsibilities in the election 2018
- To build the knowledge and understanding of women candidates to commit to promote women’s rights in legislatives
- Strengthen relation and increase accountability between women in civil society and women leaders for greater women rights improvement in the country
AWEC in partnership with Peace is Loud and AWN like to reach to at around 50% or 100 women parliamentarian candidates; those who have not previously participate in other phases (I and II of Mina’s List) and have no former experience of Afghan parliament. The training conducive package of Mina’s List earlier training material on the content will be focused on Parliamentary process and procedure, women’s right legislative and policies and its implication for women, networking and solidarity building with women activities and exclusive security training.
Project Period: June 2018 – December 2018
Funded by: UN Women
Lead by: AWN
Implementing by: Afghan Women’s Education Centre (AWEC)
Target Area: Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Badakhshan
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