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400 Afghan Women Trained to Join the Government Workforce  

At least 400 Afghan women graduated today from an internship program aimed at providing Afghanistan with a pool of educated women ready to join the government workforce.  The women were participants in USAID’s Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. WIG

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Afghan women leaders discuss country’s progress in D.C.

A delegation of Afghan women officials led a discussion about the role of the new generation of Afghan women leaders in the country’s progress at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. They shared their  personal stories and their roles and

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Entrepreneur of the month: Benazir Yakta

Born in Daikundi province of Afghanistan, Benazir Yakta is an Afghan female entrepreneur whose passion for business started from a very young age. She started working for women when she was in 10th grade and her research and experience drove

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American University of Afghanistan opens new women’s dormitory  

A new dormitory, designed to house 200 female students, was inaugurated today by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gregory Huger, and American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Registrar Dr. Julie

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Afghan gov’t reviews policies aimed at removing barriers to women in workplace

Policies to support Afghan women who work in government were reviewed at a conference held today in Kabul. Over 150 officials, representing 36 ministries and independent agencies of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, discussed gains in the

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To Eradicate Poverty in Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment is Essential

By Kathleen Campbell, Vice President for Programs at Women for Women International In 2003, I moved to Kabul with my husband and our first child to work with a research institute. Our daughter was six-months old. Like many first-time mothers

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USAID raises women’s awareness about agricultural credit in Herat

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women operating agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit. In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help support the growth and expansion of their businesses.

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RECCA VII’s first day focuses on role of women in economic development

The 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, also known as RECCA VII, has kicked off in Asghabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Delegation from over 40 countries are participating to discuss economic cooperation and ways to rebuild Afghanistan as the

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“Women Weekend Market” kicks off in Kabul University

The “Women Weekend Market“, a three-day business exhibition for women, has kicked off in Kabul University. Organized and funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s program for Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP), the show provides a platform to more than

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Women in Civil Service: 40 Afghan women conclude internship program

Forty Afghan women finished a six-month internship program at 15 line departments in Taloqan, Takhar province. The program was aimed at preparing the participants for their professional career and increasing the number of female civil service employees. Financed by the

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Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce & Industries officially launched

The Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries was officially launched on Sunday by First Lady Lola Ghani. The idea for establishment of a separate chamber of commerce for women was proposed by the Leading Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan for Development

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First Bakery Training Centre in Balkh Province – Lead by Women

Balkh’s first Bakery Training Center led by women was inaugurated on Sunday. The centre operates as a bakery as well as a training facility for apprentices. The Afghan-German Cooperation initiated and financed the project while the Balkh Directorate of Women

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Civil service job fair held for Afghan Women

The United States Agency for International Development Mission in Afghanistan (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to help with the issue unemployment for Afghan women, which continues to be a challenge. USAID’s Promote: Women in Government project

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Women’s Contributions to Agriculture Economy in Afghanistan Need Recognition

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to release the findings of an in-depth study on women in agriculture in Afghanistan. The study looks at some of the issues that hamper or boost the recognition and enhancement of women’s

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Bank of America and IEEW team up to support women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan & Rwanda

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) and Bank of America have renewed their partnership on the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program to support women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Afghanistan. More than 600 women entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Afghanistan have

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First Afghan women’s magazine turns page on cultural traditions

A group of Afghan women volunteers has launched Afghanistan’s first-ever  women’s magazine, Gellara, with features on fashion, make-up and even adverts about birth control. The first edition of Gellara has been out in the market and has received applause and

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Leading Afghan female entrepreneur Kamela Sediqi appointed as Deputy Minister of Commerce

Kamela Sediqi, a leading Afghan female entrepreneur, is appointed as the new deputy minister of Commerce. Abdul Salam Rahimi, Director-General of Administrative Office of the President, introduced Sediqi and expressed hope that her appointment would result in positive changes in

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USAID assists Afghan women in learning about agricultural credit

One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. On Wednesday, USAID’s Agricultural Credit Enhancement Phase-II project (ACE-II)

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Afghan women bridge gap in media by launch of TV channel

Zan TV or ‘Women’s TV’, Afghanistan’s first-ever TV channel dedicated to women, begins broadcasting this Sunday. This novelty comes as Afghan media industry continues to be dominated by men and women journalists are persistently criticized, threatened or killed for working

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International Business Exhibition for Agriculture and Handicrafts opens in Mazar-e Sharif

Organized by the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Balkh International Expo kicked off in Mazar-e Sharif today. More than 100 female and male exhibitors from different sectors and provinces participate in the four-day event, where they can promote

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‘Hidden Flames’, written by Afghan female author, available in international market

The Hidden Flames, a fiction book written by a former child bride and a successful writer Zahra Yaganah, is now also accessible outside of Afghanistan Azmin.co and Amazon.com. The book is based on the real story of Yaganah’s life. Yaganah was

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New strategy discussed at National Health Conference for Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate

Amid new indications that the rate of maternal mortality has worsened in the country, officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), international health organizations, and other government agencies met at the National

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When women suffer, a country suffers: CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah addressed the first Women Economic Forum on Sunday and said women’s empowerment is vital for the country’s development. He said Afghanistan has a long way to go to successfully achieve economic empowerment of women in the

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Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries to be established soon

The Leading Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan for Development (LEAD) are soon going to establish the Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries–its first in the history of Afghanistan. The High Economic Council approved the proposal for establishment of this vital institution

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Afghanistan’s National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment

The National Unity Government (NUG) of Afghanistan officially presented the National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment to its citizens on Thursday. The plan aims at developing women’s capacity to strengthen their household economies, but also to positively impact Afghanistan’s

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