Afghan have lived with war since 1979. The conflict continues today. Over three million people, mostly women and children, had to seek refuge in neighboring countries. A large number of Afghans came to Islamabad, Pakistan. They came from many different backgrounds, some from very poor families. Others from the middle class, came to Islamabad because most of them wanted education for their children, especially for their girls.Afghans lost their homes, their family members, their jobs, their friends, their culture. One of the greatest losses has been education. A generation has grown up uneducated. Even before the war, education was very limited, especially for girls and women.

Advocacy for peace and women’s human rights

Afghan Women’s Network wants to encourage the Afghan community especially women to participate in the  peace process. We are advocating internationally for the participation of Afghan women in the peace process and to ensure women,s human rights to employment education and security.

AWEC circulated a peace questionnaire in the community as well as started a poster campaign and a booklet of essays and poems written by children.

The beneficiaries of this project are boys and girls citizens of Afghanistan who have been migrated to Pakistan. This project has directly benefited 86 girls and boys of Afghanistan during 2010-2011. This project provides education opportunity to Afghan migrated citizens in Islamabad of Pakistan. the project enable 86 girls and boys to complete their schooling period and easily enter high education. This project has been a support to the Afghan families living in Islamabad of Pakistan in term of quality education with a reasonable fee charges.

How does this project directly benefit women in Afghanistan?

The beneficiaries of this project are boys and girls citizens of Afghanistan who have been migrated to Pakistan. This project has directly benefited 86 girls and boys of Afghanistan during 2010-2011. This project provides education opportunity to Afghan migrated citizens in Islamabad of Pakistan. the project enable 86 girls and boys to complete their schooling period and easily enter high education. This project has been a support to the Afghan families living in Islamabad of Pakistan in term of quality education with a reasonable fee charges.

As whole this project benefits Afghan society in long run. A number of these girls and boys will be come back to Afghanistan and will easily enter university after successful completion of Kankor exam. A number of these girls and boys whose families can afford private university expenses in Pakistan & Afghanistan will join the private universities which will benefit the Afghan society.

1994: AWEC played the role of intermediately organization for the establishment of Khursan Educational Center – for a bridging fund from Canada Fund and helping set educational material for a pioneering women center in Islamabad.

Afghan Women’s Network (AWN):AWEC was actively involved in the establishment of AWN which started initially with the idea of women’s participation in the peace process and improving women’s human rights status in Islamabad, through networking and support for each other. Networks of 72 NGOs and 3000 individual members now exists in Islamabad, Peshawar and Kabul.

1996: 3-day Peace Education exhibition by school children from Islamabad, publication of booklet for peace, elimination of violent textbooks in school’s curriculum. Peace Education was a collective project with AWN, Islamabad that AWEC started in Dec ’96 by organizing the peace exhibition and peace education in schools in Islamabad.

In 1997 AWEC contributed support and the time of its manager to the establishment of the Irfan Cultural Center, created in the hope to represent, promote and protect the cultural identity of Afghans, especially young people who have been reared in foreign cultures in exile.

1998: Center for Street Children and Women opened in Peshawar

Roazana: Formed in Peshawar to create a support system for the legal protection of women, and to potentially support women’s rights in the political process in the country.

1999 – 2002: Publishing youth and children’s magazine “Khusa-e-umaid”

2001: Afghan Relief project (short-term, but financial donations ongoing) Diploma course in Basic Business Management for fresh school graduates in Islamabad (12 months, end December 2002) Counselling at CSCW – Peshawar (ongoing)

Palwasha Hassan (Chair of the Board, AWEC) attended Women Waging Peace colloquium

2001 – 2002: School support project as CSCW – supporting twenty-seven Afghan community schools in Peshawar with mini-libraries, with support and co-ordination of ARIC/ACBAR and chairs and tables.

2002-2003: Community Intervention project with recent refugees in Basu and Bakhazai camps in Kurrum Agency (run by InterSOS). We trained and provided staff for the community building and psychosocial intervention

September – Establishment of office in Kabul (ongoing)

Rural school establishment is one of the recent activities AWEC has started in three villages on the outskirts of Kabul (not funded, but donations made to various schools in rural Kabul and Peshawar refugee camps)

Peace building education project – Peshawar, Quetta and Kabul (Nov 2002 – May 2003)

One-off support and needs assessment – Kabul (1 month)

2004: Afghanistan Primary Education Project (APEP) was the first national project which was rewarded to AWEC in Paktia & Kabul.

2005: AWEC became as one of the ISOs of counterpart International I-PACS

2006: That was 2006 when AWEC expanded its roots in Wardak province after a survey & need assessment & we were able to open our sub office and implement Elect project.

This year can be called as AWEC golden period. AWEC started it is upside movements during the 2008 year. AWEC became as one of very attractive women organizations & were able to raise funds to more than 3 million dollars. We became as one of the national project (BESST) implementer in this year. This year AWEC was able to develop it is 3 years strategic plan 2009-2010). The beneficiaries reached to more then 19,000 (47 % women, 42 % men, 10% children). AWEC was selected to represent the statues of women regarding education in Beijing conferences through the membership of AWN.

2009: in 2009 AWEC , following its strategic plan AWEC opened its sub offices in Hirat & Ningarhar. AWEC became a member of CIDA imitative Committee in Afghanistan. AWEC was granted with another national project Equip. the funds of AWEC increased 50.16% compare to the last year.