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Our Work

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the core of our work. In Afghanistan, strengthening gender equality is critical to all that we do, from bolstering women’s participation in democratic processes and strengthening access to quality health and education, to creating sustainable economic opportunities and advocating for women’s rights. As fragile peace negotiations continue between the government and the Taliban, the United States’ enduring partnership with the people of Afghanistan aims to forge an inclusive, self-reliant country that leaves no one behind, including women and girls.

 

Major Highlight

Thanks to USAID’s maternal health interventions, maternal deaths decreased to an estimated 638 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017, cutting the rate by more than half compared to 2000.

 

Women’s Empowerment

Women and girls in Afghanistan face overwhelming barriers that restrict their full participation in social, political, and economic life. To bolster women’s empowerment and bring more women into Afghan public spaces, USAID designed and implemented the Agency’s largest women’s empowerment program—Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, also known as Promote. Through a suite of economic, leadership, technical training, and civil society activities, Promote empowers young women and gives them resources to be a new generation of Afghan women leaders. By September 2020, more than 75,000 women and girls had benefited from Promote’s activities.

 

Women, Education, and the Workforce

USAID is helping women gain access to colleges and universities through the Women’s Scholarship Endowment. USAID also helps prepare women to enter the workforce, facilitating job-skills training, internships, and apprenticeships. We have helped nearly 24,000 women find new or better employment, facilitated internships or apprenticeships for nearly 11,000, and helped increase income by at least 10 percent for 13,525 Afghan women. Since 2015, 461 women-owned businesses have received business development and marketing training and more than 50 percent of 461 client businesses achieved a revenue increase of at least 40 percent.

 

Justice

Advancing modern, transparent, and fair justice USAID has awarded 22 traditional dispute resolution grants to Afghan civil society organizations and trained nearly 15,000 people, including 7,354 females, how to effectively resolve disputes using established legal principles instead of relying on sometimes harmful, traditional dispute mechanisms like bride-selling.

Last updated: September 24, 2021

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