For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new three-year women's empowerment project today. The project aims to strengthen the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA) capacity to support women in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Women's Affairs Organizational Restructuring and Empowerment Project (MORE) project will be implemented in partnership with the Asia Foundation. MORE is intended to help MoWA advance its policy mandate, gender equality and empowerment in Afghanistan.
MORE will support the delivery of two key components of MoWA's National Priority Program: institutional reform and organizational capacity building, and public awareness and education, outreach, and news-media relations. The project will strengthen ties between MoWA and other Afghan ministries to incorporate gender mainstreaming in their own policy development in line with the National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan.
"With support from USAID and the Asia Foundation, this critical project directly strengthens the delivery of the Ministry's mandate," Minister of Women Affairs Husn Banu Ghazanfar said. "Afghanistan's women have faced many challenges throughout the years," Dr. Ghazanfar added, "and MoWA has always been there to support them through developing public policy, improving women's education, health, security, and livelihoods.”
The MORE project will support the Ministry in continuing to provide direction for policy leadership on socio-economic issues that affect Afghan women. The project will build the capacity of MoWA and DoWAs staff to most effectively partner with Civil Society Organizations and other key ministries and provincial departments.
“In partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Asia Foundation, USAID is helping Afghan women assume decision making and leadership roles at all levels,” – said USAID Mission Director Bill Hammink.
The United States Government supports the principles of equality for women that are encapsulated in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Bonn Agreement, Afghanistan National Development Strategy, and the National Action Plan for Women.
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