Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), founded in 1998, is a federally registered charity (Canada Revenue Agency #887718203RR0001) as well as a registered international NGO in Afghanistan Registration #343) and a member of the Afghanistan National Education Coalition, a network of NGOs working to advance education in Afghanistan.

Our mission

Our mission is Canadians taking action, in partnership with Afghan women, towards improving conditions of human rights, ending women’s oppression, and providing opportunities for Afghan women to live their lives with dignity, certainty and purpose. We do this by advancing effective, long-term sustainable education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families and by educating Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan.


Our programs

Our programs in Afghanistan consist of 1) Investing in Basic Education, 2) Afghanistan Reads! Libraries, Literacy and Books and 3) Technology for Education. We have trained over 10,000 teachers, established over 200 community libraries, supported thousands of women to become literate through classes for women who did not get to go to school, furbished schools with science laboratory materials and libraries and helped teachers get access to resources like lesson plans, textbooks and visual aides through our extensive library of learning resources, In our work we 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.

Volunteers are at our core.

In Canada, 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 our 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.

Education is a basic, universal human right.

The people of Afghanistan have demonstrated an intense demand for education, for both girls and boys. We are pleased to respond to this demand with a focus on access to quality education, and we are convinced this will contribute to peace, poverty reduction and social development, and to the empowerment of women and girls.

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