WPHF is supporting local women’s organizations in Afghanistan to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic and sustain their work on the front lines of conflict and crises.
In Afghanistan, WPHF is channeling urgently-needed financing to grassroots women’s organizations working to sustain their operations and respond to COVID-19 and its urgent gender dimensions.
Afghanistan is one of the youngest countries in the world, with 63 per cent of its population aged under 24 and 400,000 new workers estimated to be entering the workforce every year for the next decade. More than 8 million students are enrolled in school, including more than 2.5 million girls. However, the regular targeting of girls attending school, continued stigma against girls’ education, and increasing influence of violent extremism is posing increased challenges.
Significant transitional events are occurring within the political and security arenas that could negatively impact women if interventions are not made to ensure their active participation. Ensuring women’s participation in elections, peace negotiations, and overall engagement in governance at national and subnational levels will help preserve gains made to date and create resiliency in those institutions responsible for Afghanistan’s gender agenda.
In Afghanistan, WPHF aims to ensure the financing and coordination of local civil society organizations, empowering women as leaders and key humanitarian actors on the road to sustainable peace.