Afghanistan

The women’s education centre Shahrak, Afghanistan – educational work for a self-determined life

“At Shahrak, I can exchange my ideas and feelings with other women. It gives me power and encourages me in my efforts to gain own money with sewing. With this, I can facilitate my daughter going to school longer!” A participant in the women’s education centre, Shahrak, Photo: © DAI (German-Afghan-Initiative)At Shahrak, I can exchange my ideas and feelings with other women. It gives me power and encourages me in my efforts to gain own money with sewing. With this, I can facilitate my daughter going to school longer!
A participant in the women’s education centre, Shahrak.
Photo: © DAI (German-Afghan-Initiative)
Area of intervention: Shahrak, West from Herat

Supported by TDF since: 2004

Target group: girls and women from the region Herat in Western Afghanistan, especially members of the Shiit Hazara-Minority

Background:

  • Nearly 90% of Afghan women report Human Rights violations like forced marriage, abuse, rape, forced prostitution and abduction (Human Rights Watch)
  • Still women are stoned in the name of honour
  • About 80% of Afghan women are illiterates (UNESCO)
  • Attacks on feminist activists or politicians are common
  • Women are afraid of a strengthening of the fundamentalist Taliban

Project activities:

  • Literacy courses
  • Computer and English courses
  • Sewing class and working groups to produce embroidery, which can be sold later
  • The women’s centre is a place to talk with other women and to help each other
  • Empowerment of women
  • Participation in public events in town

Successes:

  • Many women take part in the courses
  • Some women were able to obtain an independent vocation
  • The long-term existence of the centre is guarantied because the women’s education centre Shahrak constructed their own building in 2015

Project leader: Aqela Nazari

Contacts: Voluntary project coordinator Julia Alexa Barde (afghanistan@frauenrechte.de)
or TERRE DES FEMMES – section international cooperation (iz@frauenrechte.de)

Support:

Support Shahrak with a one-time donation or contribute regularly and become sponsor!

You can also donate with the key word “Afghanistan” on the following account:

EthikBank
Konto 103 116 000
BLZ 830 944 95
BIC GENODEF1ETK
IBAN DE35 8309 4495 0103 1160 00

 

Logo Transparenzinitiative