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) that works in Canada, Afghanistan and with displaced Afghan populations. CW4WAfghan is an official partner in consultative status with UNESCO and a member of the Afghanistan National Education Coalition, a network of NGOs working to advance education in Afghanistan. CW4WAfghan delivers award-winning programs that have been recognized by the American Library Association and the Library of Congress, among others.
Volunteers are at our core.
In Canada, CW4WAfghan supporters and members move forward our mission in many ways, including through our chapter network in communities across Canada. 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 tasks. In addition, every year, hundreds of Canadians host Breaking Bread potluck dinners to fundraise for CW4WAfghan’s education projects.
Education is a 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.
Everyone has a right to learn.
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.