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Workshops on role of gender in mining sector held in Kabul, Balkh and Herat

Three workshops on the role of gender in the mining sector were held in Kabul, Balkh and Herat. In total, 60 male and female employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) participated in the trainings. The activity was

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Afghan Attorney General Office offers internship to women

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Attorney’s General Office (AGO) will offer six-month internships to 240 female Afghan Law or Sharia graduates. The internships will develop the capacity of women to become prosecutors and

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Women’s handicrafts exhibition kicks off in Kabul

Afghan businesswomen will display their products at a three-day exhibition in Kabul starting on Wednesday. Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) at the Aria City Faz, more than 36 women-led enterprises will display clothes, jewelry, agricultural products,

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Female government officials participate in women’s rights workshop in Balkh

A three-day workshop on women’s rights was held in Balkh district for 60 female council members to increase awareness on women’s rights topics. The training was organized by the Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) of Balkh province. The German funded

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Afghan women develop app to combat street harassment

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD) celebrated the launch of a new mobile application that is designed to help Afghan women and girls cope with

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First yoga center for Afghan women opens in Kabul

The first yoga center has opened in Kabul city and provides an opportunity for Afghan women to work on their mental and physical health. Afghan women are joining this center to find relief from Kabul’s stressful life. “Our environment is

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Brussels Conference reinforces role of Afghan women

With the overall aim of generating international support for the Afghan reform process and ensuring continued international political and financial support to bolster Afghanistan’s economic stability, development and state-building processes over the next four years, the two-day Brussels Conference on

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Afghan women working on an app to attract tourists to Afghanistan

A group of young Afghan women  are working on developing a mobile app to help attract tourists to Afghanistan. The young women are students at a coding school in Herat called Code to Inspire which is founded by Fereshteh Forough.

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Afghan government and USAID team up to enhance workplace skills of women

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) initiatied a partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support President Ghani’s job stimulus initiative through three USAID/Promote programs. The programs, Women

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100 Women in Badakhshan complete training courses

During the last 6 months, 100 women in Badakhshan received trainings in tailoring, English and Information Technology (IT) at Faizabad’s Women Training Center. The provincial authorities of Badakhshan, the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, media and a representative from the

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Internship program for young women starts in Takhar province

An internship program for young educated women in the civil service of Takhar province was officially started today. The program is based on a similar activity that took place in Badakhshan last year which enabled a majority of the participants

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Badakhshan’s journalists discuss media’s role in women empowerment

Three experts on women empowerment and more than 60 journalists gathered at Feyzabad’s women’s centre to discuss the media’s role in women empowerment. The event was hosted by the Social Association of Journalists in North Afghanistan (SAJNA) and the Afghan-German

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Access to higher education to unleash potential in Afghan women

The Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education (MoHE) Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Women’s Affairs H.E. Delbar Nazari, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs,  Martyrs & Disabled H.E.

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Statistics on presence of Afghan women judges, doctors, teachers and security officials

Recent figures reveal that 33% of teachers in Afghanistan are comprised of women and 240 women are serving as judges. 3.5 million Afghan girls are attending schools/Madrassas across the country. Based on figures from the Afghan Ministry of Education, there

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Afghan Entrepreneur of the Month- Fereshteh Forough

Fereshteh Forough is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Code to Inspire. Fereshteh is from Herat, Afghanistan. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Herat University and a Master’s degree from Technical University of Berlin in Germany.

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300 Afghan women recognized for their women empowerment works

CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts. Speaking to the women at the

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Afghanistan’s first female-only coding school wins Google RISE Award

Code to Inspire–Afghanistan’s first female-only code school in Herat, is one of the 28 organizations from 16 countries to receive the Google RISE award. The Google RISE Awards is an annual grant program for informal education organizations around the world

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6464 – Telephone helpline available in Northern Afghanistan

A telephone helpline has been made available in northern provinces of Afghanistan with financial collaboration from the Germany, Dutch and Finnish governments. By calling 6464, Afghan men and would in Balkh, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar provinces can get

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170 women acquire new skills in Badakhshan for work and business

Around 170 women completed their training in English, computer skills and food processing for small businesses on March 8th. With their new skills, they are now better qualified for positions in government, non-government organizations and commercial businesses. The classes were

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Afghan woman entrepreneur: Fatema Akbari

Fatema Akbari is the owner of Gulistan Sadaqat Company, a furniture manufacturing business in Kabul. Founded in 2003, the business employs close to 100 Afghans, mostly women she has trained as carpenters. A widow herself, she prioritizes hiring women whose

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Afghan Woman Entrepreneur- Kamila Sediqi

Hours after teenaged Kamila Sediqi earned her teaching certificate in 1996, the Taliban rolled into Kabul. Her dreams to become a teacher were dashed as she spent endless hours at home in forced seclusion with her mother, father, five sisters,

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Afghan women take their place in rural community development

At the Fifth National Consultative Conference of Community Development Councils (CDCs), Fatima Ehsani, 19, drew the attention of participants with her energetic presentation. She confidently addressed senior government officials, including the President, Chief Executive, and ministers, and more than 500

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Afghan women gain job skills through engineering internship program

Four women graduated from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Afghan Women Engineering Internship Program, becoming the fourth group of qualified engineering interns who have strengthened their chances of landing a job in their chosen field. The program,

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NUG working on establishing the first women’s university in Kabul

First Lady Rula Ghani announced on Wednesday that the National Unity Government had been working to build the first-ever women’s university in capital Kabul. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Rula Ghani said the initiative would help girls who are

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402 Afghan women compete demand-driven skills training program

The Afghanistan Workforce Development Program celebrated the successful completion of a two-week demand-driven skills training program for 402 women in the cities of Kabul, Jalalabad, and Kandahar. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the program to train mid-career/semi-professional

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