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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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Afghanistan receives $3.3mn from Japan to support city resilience project

The government of Japan has pledged USD 3.3mn to support city resilience project in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between Kenji Eonoshita, Charge d’Affaires and interim of Embassy of Japan to Afghanistan and Tim McNair, Country Program

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Workshop on “Landmark Resolution on Women, Peace and Security” held in Badakhshan

Badakhshan’s Department of Justice held a workshop on the United Nations resolution 1325: “Landmark Resolution on Women, Peace and Security” for 34 government and civil society representatives. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported the workshop via its program for the promotion of

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8 Afghan women graduate from USAID’s Engineering and Architecture Internship program

Graduation commenced today for USAID’s Afghan Women in Engineering and Architecture Internship program when eight female engineers and architects completed the program. The program was established by USAID in 2011. So far, 23 female internship students have graduated. The program

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Afghan Women Orchestra wins the Freemuse Award 2017

Zohra, Afghanistan’s first and only all women orchestra, received the Freemuse Award 2017 for their role in empowering women through music. The women from Zohra orchestra are students at the National Institute of Music (ANIM) and the first women in

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Women in Jawzjan start growing mushrooms for a living

A group of poor Afghan women in Jawzjan province has embarked on growing mushrooms in their fields to improve their economy. The provincial agriculture and livestock department trained these women in growing mushroom and provided them with the all the

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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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