Throughout this past year, AIL conducted 12 workshops in Afghanistan training women about peace and human rights .
Since receiving funding from Catapult, AIL conducted 12 workshops in three provinces in Afghanistan. A total of 490 women attended the workshop.
Estimated girls & women affected
490 women are now more aware about peace and human rights and the three provinces in Afghanistan are now also benefitting from these workshops
Estimated community members affected
Thanks to your support, a total of 490 women and girls attended these workshops. The peace workshop focused on peace and how the participants could encourage it within their communities. In the human rights workshops, participants learned their rights and were taught culturally appropriate strategies to defend those rights. The Justice workshops focused on equal rights for all and the elimination of violence against women, and crime in general.
The AIL office in Kabul Province worked with the Director of Women’s Affairs to find new locations to hold four leadership workshops. Three of these workshops were held in a center established to give women a place to gather. The 85 women who attended these workshops had never been to anything like these workshops, and the idea of being a leader was new and very exciting to them.
The fourth leadership workshop was held in Dykondi province and included women community leaders. After the workshop the women said that they were happy to have been able to participate, especially since many of the women were teachers, or held seats on various village councils. The women said that they now felt that they knew how to take on leadership roles, and would share this information with others.
The Herat Office held two workshops they called “Ideation Symposiums”. These symposiums brought together 117 women of many different backgrounds to participate in guided discussions about human rights, justice and democracy. At first, the participants in the symposiums were very shy, but soon they opened up and by the end the participants said that they had a better understanding of their rights, and ideas of how to protect their rights
"To be honest before coming to this workshop I had some problems in dealing with my children, but now I learned how to manage everything in my life. This workshop taught me what mutual respect, understanding each other and relationship between children and families meant. I thank AIL for giving me the chance to be a good mother for my children. I am going to share what I learned in the workshop with others in the community I live."
Another participant said, “This workshop gave me new ideas and a new way to think that would lead to a better life for me and my community. I feel more self-confident and believe in myself more. I learned there is no limitations for a woman to be a good leader, that I should not be shy anymore. As a good leader, I am going to change my future.”
Risks and challenges
Our staff decided not to go with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model and offer only one type of workshop to all. Instead we listened to each individual communities needs, and offered workshops that were variations on the theme of peace and human rights..
What we’ve learnt
After all three workshops, participants reported feeling confident in their abilities to go out and make their communities a safer, more just, and more peaceful place to live. They were all very pleased with the workshop, and many encouraged the AIL staff to present these workshops to more people.
The majority of participants in these workshops report going out and taking on a leadership role after participating in the workshop. Many encouraged the AIL staff to present these workshops to more people. We hope to make that possibility a reality in the near future.
We've spent a total of $2,000 from Materials, Rent & Utilities, Transportation and Salaries.
Amount spent so far
Rent & Utilities
We thank you for supporting our project! The workshops presented by AIL are helping the young women that participate in them to feel powerful and to feel like they can make a difference. Together, we’re showing women that they can be powerful and make a difference in their communities.
Afghan Institute of Learning Ideation Symposium Held
All of us at Creating Hope International and the Afghan Institute of Learning would like to thank you all for your generous support. Every day we are bringing education, health care, and other necessary services to more and more Afghans. It is truly making an impact on individuals as well as communities, bettering their quality of life and standards of living on the whole.
Following their successful conference on Peace, Love and Forgiveness in 2012, at the request of many people, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun holding Ideation Symposiums on various topics. With the funds raised on Catapult, in March 2013, Afghan Institute of Learning held its first successful Ideation Symposium in Herat, Afghanistan, in which many high-ranking government officials, non-governmental organization heads, university presidents, school principals, scholars, poets, and students were in attendance. In this gathering, issues of society, environment, education, human rights, and democratic principles were in discussion. Young poets, many of whom were women, read their poetry and read short stories for all in attendance. The discourse of the workshop was that of peace and human rights; most participants have reiterated that they were impressed by the effectiveness of the delivery of that message.
A financial report will be posted in the final report.
Visionary women-led organization introduces workshops for peace, human rights and justice.
Why we care: Because the Afghan Institute of Learning often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding and forgiveness in order to return to a peaceful way of life
How we're solving this: Reintroducing the ancient, peaceful culture and values of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Institute of Learning, an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization, believes that the present generation of Afghan students will bring peace, justice and human rights for all to Afghanistan.