Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan.ca) is a member-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 with volunteer chapters across Canada (please click HERE
to learn about their Chapter Network and visit the EVENTS
for activities). CW4WAfghan is a non-religious, non-political, federally registered charity in Canada (Canada Revenue Agency #887718203RR0001). Their goals 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 their three main field program areas: (1) Investments in Basic Education; (2) Community Libraries, Literacy and Books Program; and (3) Technology for Education. For a list of the projects that fall within these programs, visit PROGRAMS
. CW4WAfghan's strives to raise a minimum of $700,000 per annum to meet their program funding objectives.
CW4WAfghan members believe that individuals, as global citizens, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action, can affect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights.
As outlined in their registered By-Laws, the purposes of CW4WAfghan are to alleviate conditions of poverty in Afghanistan through programs that advance education and educational opportunities for women in Afghanistan and their families; and to educate and increase the understanding of Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan.
To ensure effective long-term sustainable education programs for Afghan women and their families and to engage Canadians as global citizens.
CW4WAfghan has approximately 2,000 registered supporters and members who have the opportunity to engage together through the regional chapter network. CW4WAfghan has sustained a dynamic group of core volunteers since its inception, which has seen steady growth since their founding. These members serve in a variety of volunteer capacities from leading chapter meetings, to event planning, public outreach and education, and advocacy activities. Other volunteers support the national office’s activities, including serving on one of the national committees, or providing virtual volunteer services such as research and communications tasks. In addition, every year, hundreds of Canadians host Breaking Bread potluck dinners to fundraise for CW4WAfghan’s education projects in Afghanistan.
CW4WAfghan has supported education projects for nearly two decades, with proven project management systems and accountability measures in place, having successfully supported over 350 projects. CW4WAfghan currently has a project portfolio that includes schools and school equipment, teacher training, educational resources, literacy classes and libraries, in eight provinces.
Since their founding in 1998, CW4WAfghan has contributed to women’s empowerment through a variety of sectors including education, healthcare, rights awareness, and economic development. Over the years, the evidence emerged that education was the most strategically important area in which they could invest, where funds raised could travel the furthest and leave an impact in present and future generations. Access to quality education, from adult literacy classes to having trained teachers in public schools, contributes to every other social, economic, and political development objective of Afghanistan. They therefore have gradually streamlined their activities to come within the thematic area of education, with the goal of helping to build Afghanistan’s human capital.
They interpret education broadly. They’re advancing education through community libraries, literacy classes for women and men of all ages, training teachers, furbishing schools with science laboratory materials, and helping teachers get access to resources like lesson plans, textbooks and visual aides. They pay teachers’ salaries and rent for school buildings, they have provided wells, school bags, and mini libraries. They work closely with their partner organizations to assist them to manage education projects effectively and efficiently through their capacity-building support. For example, CW4WAfghan partners attend free workshops in good organizational governance, results-based project management tools, and performance measurement; and they work with them to design promising projects. CW4WAfghan also provides capacity building workshops for the development community in Afghanistan.
Education is a basic, universal human right. The people of Afghanistan have demonstrated an intense demand for education, for both girls and boys, since this right once again fell within their grasp following the end of the Taliban regime in late 2001. They are pleased to respond to this demand with a focus on access to quality education. They also recognize the link between quality education and peacebuilding, and believe that a literate population with access to viable education and economic opportunities will be Afghanistan’s greatest stabilizing force and its best hope for a lasting peace.