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Transforming women's lives (Afghanistan)

We're sorry but this project is now fully funded and we cannot accept any new pledges. For those who have signed up, the donation deadline is 31/03/2015. Thanks to all who have made a donation.


Today, Afghanistan is the poorest country in the world outside of Africa and has one of the worst levels of gender inequality in the world.

More than one in three people live below the poverty line, and the average life expectancy at birth is just 48. Under Taliban rule, women were banned from leaving the house alone and were not allowed to go to school.

Today, inequalities persist. The vast majority of women are illiterate. Women are more likely to die in childbirth there than anywhere else in the world. 

Women are also excluded from decision-making processes, having little or no presence on local councils or access to government and public authorities.

Woman in Faryab province carrying silk scarves which she makes and sells with support from her local community fund.

The project

Christian Aid and our local partner, the Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC), are undertaking a three-year project to empower over 1,000 Afghan women and young people to speak out for change.

Adult education, literacy training and participation in community and national decision-making are key.

With your support, women in some of the poorest regions can have a voice and influence decisions that affect them.

The project provides much-needed literacy classes and training on peace-building, human rights and government transparency. 

Community funds are being established to help women start their own businesses, so that they can support themselves and their families. 

This project has the potential to vastly improve the lives of women and girls for years to come. 

An estimated 264,378 people will benefit indirectly across the provinces of Herat, Faryab and Balkh (around 25% of the total population of each district).

European Union funding

The EU is match funding this project three times over – meaning that your £5,000 will transform into £20,000 for women in Afghanistan.

Donations for this project need to be with Christian Aid by 31 March 2015.

Find out more 

To find out more about how your church, business, school or other community group can partner with this project, email cpartnership@christian-aid.org or contact one of our area offices directly.

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