Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is a member-based, Canadian federally registered not-for-profit organization founded in1998. The goals of CW4WAfghan are to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families, and to educate Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan.
Donor-funded projects fall within three field program areas:
· Investments in Basic Education: 1. Lantern (Fanoos) Teacher Education Program; 2. School Starter Kits; and Fatema Tul Zahra Girls School (all funded in the past through the generous support of The P.E.A.R.L Foundation)
· Community Libraries, Literacy and Books Program: Afghanistan Reads! Community Literacy Program for women and out-of-school girls
· Technology for Education: Darakht-e Danesh Online Library
Our organization brings 20 years of experience managing results-based education programming focused on women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. Since 2008, CW4WAfghan has implemented in-service teacher education programs, through a protocol with the MoE, for more than 9,300 teachers. Our highly skilled and experienced Country Office team based in Kabul manage, implement, monitor and provide support services for CW4WAfghan’s programs and operations in Afghanistan. We are agile and lean, have excellent access to most regions of Afghanistan, operate efficiently with minimal overhead, and have strong relationships with all levels of government. We bring to this project experience as a leader in education and educational resources in Afghanistan, and in programming that advances gender equity in this challenging context.
In Canada, approximately 2000 members demonstrate their commitment as global citizens by supporting the goals of CW4WAfghan. Members have the opportunity to volunteer at events and participate in activities through a regional chapter network. CW4WAfghan volunteers and staff believe that individuals, as global citizens, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action, can effect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights.