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More than 30 years of war has turned Afghanistan from a country on the road to prosperity to a land dominated by druglords and fundamentalists, a land where women are treated worse then cattle.
The presence of foreign troops may have helped government officials in some provinces to establish control, but the lives of women have not improved. Thousands of illiterate war widows have no means to feed their children. Self-immolation is on the rise.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, in partnership with the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA-Australia) and the Afghanistan women's organisation, Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities (OPAWC), supports a Vocational Training Centre for women in Kabul, where women and girls learn to read and write and are offered an opportunity to gain an income.
We support a vocational training centre that offers literacy courses, education in childcare, hygiene and women's rights, and training in tailoring and handicraft production - to empower Afghan women, to enable them to break free from subjugation and violence, and to give them the means to be self sufficient.
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The Vocational Training Centre was initiated by SAWA-Australia in consultation with OPAWC. It was planned to open its doors in February 2008, but heavy snow made it impossible for the women to reach the centre. Classes started finally in March with three teachers and an initial 90 students....
The Vocational Training Center is located in Kabul City and comprises of two sections: Literacy Education and Handicraft Training Courses. 2010/11 Annual Report now available...
Latest Afghanistan News
November 2011 SAWAN Newsletter Available - 30 November 2011
Afghan television station 1TV exposes the fate of Afghan women - 23 February 2011
A new program on Afghan television station 1TV allows women to tell their experiences to a panel of religious and legal experts and human rights campaigners. To protect the women from retribution they appear with a face mask....
Celebrating 'Women' in Afghanistan - 23 February 2011
Every year International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March....
Poetry from Afghanistan - 23 February 2011
More powerful than anything we can say are the voices of Afghans themselves.
Then there are instances where even Afghan words are simply insufficient to describe the reality of Afghanistan.
Sometimes it is necessary to turn to the moving image to comprehend what is happening to the country and its women....
February 2011 SAWAN Newsletter Available - 23 February 2011
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