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 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 of 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 lessons plans, textbooks and visual aides through our extensive library of learning resources, Many CW4WAfghan projects remain active and were not interrupted by the change in government in August 2021. In our work we recognize the link between quality education and peacebuilding, and believe that 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. In addition, we have responded to emergencies, whether caused by COVID-19 or the humanitarian crisis, by assessing emergency needs and delivering support to the most vulnerable. We have also established an emergency evacuation and resettlement fund, and work with partners internationally and across Canada to facilitate the safe passage of at-risk Afghans. Today Afghan women and girls face daunting conditions in seeking education. But this does not change the impact that education makes: in fact, it makes their access to education all the more essential and life-changing. Literacy is irreversible, and it is intergenerational: literate mothers raise literate daughters. Social change is birthed through education, and women and girls who can access education will be the leaders of tomorrow. When you support our work, you are investing in women and girls who will ultimately win their rights and who can fight to build a society where women and girls can live in dignity and in peace.

Volunteers are at our core.

In Canada, CW4WAfghan has approximately 3,000 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 communication task. In addition, every year, hundreds of Canadians host Baking Bread potluck dinners to fundraise for CW4WAfghan’s education projects.

Education is a basic, universal human right.

The people of Afghanistan have demonstrated an intense demand for education, for both girls and boys. Despite recent political upheavals, our mission has not changed, and in fact is more vital than ever. We are committed to realizing the right to education for all. We will stay in Afghanistan, and at the same time we are also preparing to meet the needs of a growing displaced population that includes thousands of women and girls who have had to leave the country. We are convinced this will continue to contribute to peace, poverty reduction and social development, and to the empowerment of women and girls.

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