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The country’s first Afghan woman-led organization focused on women, peace & security

The country’s first Afghan woman-led organization focused on women, peace & security. Research Institute for Women Peace & Security (RIWPS) , established in 2012 by Wazhma Frogh & Sabrina Saqeb

“If Afghan women are supported and stood with, they will be able to institutionalize and make these changes more sustainable in the decade of transformation, in the next 10 years.” – Ms. Frogh

RIWPS is working closely with the High Peace Council focusing on women’s meaningful participation in the peace process as well as with local organizations and activists building community-based inclusive peace.

Research Institute for Women Peace & Security (RIWPS) is a woman-led initiative that focuses on increasing women’s leadership and inclusion in bringing peace and security to Afghanistan through research and evidence building and also strengthening the advocacy campaigns carried out many other women organizations.
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Educating the next generation of Afghans: The story of an ambitious Andeisha

By Mariam Jalalzada

Andeisha, like many, is concerned about the faith of the country in the years to come, especially, the year 2014 when the international troops will withdraw from the country. However, she believes that “the generation of Afghans who were victims of the atrocities of the Mujahedin and the Taliban regime will not remain silent. They will raise their voice and will not easily give up on the gains made in the areas of human rights, rule of law, and economic development.”

The pessimism around 2014 has not yet deterred Andeisha’s commitment and ambitions for a better Afghansitan. AFCECO is fully committed in continuing educating a young and vibrant generation of Afghans. “We will continue to move forward and increase our enrollment and are very optimist and hopeful that the new and educated generation of Afghans will not allow for the events of a not-so distant terrible past to be repeated.”

Since the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, many Afghan expatriates have returned to their homeland in the hope to contribute to the development of the nation. Some have joined governmental and non-governmental organizations, while others have started their own businesses and developmental organizations. Andeisha Farid, was one of these returnees who returned from Pakistan with big ambitions: to educate the new generation of Afghanistan by providing high quality learning opportunities for children from all kinds of backgrounds—children without parents and those who have parents yet cannot afford to go to school because of extreme poverty.
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Shuhada Organization: Founded by Dr. Sima Samar

By Zuhra Abhar

The Shuhada Organization (, founded by Dr. Sima Samar, is the oldest Afghan NGO working in the region, and the largest Afghan woman-led organization. Shuhada was one of the first grantees of Afghan Women Leaders Connect, back in 2003 after the fall of the Taliban. This first grant of several to Shuhada supported nurses and midwives working to provide health care to women in 6 remote villages of Jaghori district in Ghazni, central Afghanistan, a lifeline for these women who had no other access to emergency health care. In this project, educators also provided literacy training. Continue reading »

Afghan Women’s Resource Center (AWRC)

By Mariam Jalalzada

AWRC was one of the first grantees of Afghan Women Leaders Connect, 10 years ago in 2002, just months after the fall of the Taliban. With this first grant from Connect, AWRC established a women’s resource center in Charbagh, Laghman, to provide a “one-stop shop” and safe place for women to obtain training in sewing, embroidery, home business development, literacy, health education and human rights. Since then, Connect has funded numerous AWRC projects to empower Afghan women in practical ways through holistic women’s centers in provinces outside Kabul. Continue reading »

At AWRC, women’s empowerment starts right within the organization itself

By Mariam Jalalzada

The belief is that since women can better understand the challenges faced by women, it is imperative to build their capacities and support them in becoming key decision-makers so they can design and implement projects that best suit the needs of women. Many of the leadership positions at the AWRC are occupied by women who started as participants in one of AWRC’s women’s centers, and then took on administrative and operational roles, and leading and designing programs. Continue reading »