Participants at one of AWEP’s Leadership and Management Skills Training Programs.

Capacity Development and Economic Empowerment

Historically, women in Afghanistan have always been marginalised and given subordinate status, but the long years of war and violence in the country and the resulting unstable political and economic situation have had a particularly severe impact on women. Today, with a GDI of 0.6, Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries in the world with regards to equality between men and women.1

Despite having improved access to public services and to the public sphere since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women still face huge challenges with regards to mobility, participation in public life, decision making, and access to economic and social opportunities.

Achieving gender equality and realizing the human rights, dignity and capabilities of women are keys to a better and sustainable future for AfghanistanJamila Zamir (Director AWEP)

At AWEP, we deem capacity development and economic empowerment of women as key ingredients in achieving gender equality, poverty eradication, inclusive economic growth and social development in Afghanistan. Our work in this area encompasses:


  • Promoting women’s leadership roles in Afghanistan and capacity development of women leaders in management skills, public administration, peace building and conflict prevention.

  • Developing capacity of women advocates/leaders to act as role models for other women and as agents of change in the political arena.

  • Increasing women’s employment opportunities through training in the English language and computer skills.
  • Providing job placement support for graduates in private schools, with NGOs, municipalities and other organizations.

  • Supporting women’s entrepreneurship through training in production skills, basic business management, and literacy.

  • Enhancing women entrepreneurs’ access to international markets by marketing their handicrafts abroad.

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