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Empowering women and girls by addressing barriers to their social, political and economic participation


Afghanistan has among the worst gender inequality in the world. Australia is providing support to advance the rights of, and development opportunities, for women. In particular, we prioritise women's participation in economic activity through our targeting of them as beneficiaries in rural livelihood interventions (through the Australia Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme); increasing girls' literacy rates; and improving support services, access to justice and advocacy efforts to combat violence against women.

Through CARE Australia, we are continuing our decade-long support for basic education services in some of the most remote parts of the country. We also deliver an Ending Violence against Women Program, in partnership with United Nations agencies and international and local NGOs.

To strengthen and complement the achievements of these programs, Australia also aims to address gender inequality across all our aid investments in Afghanistan.

Related initiatives

Ending Violence Against Women Phase 2

$22.5 million, 2018-2021

Delivered by five partners (UN Women, UNFPA, The Asia Foundation, The Afghan Womens Network and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission), this program works to improve services for women affected by violence, increase access to justice, change community attitudes, and advocate for the protection of women's rights. Phase 2 works in 32 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.

Empowerment through Education Program

$20.7 million, 2011-2020

Delivered by CARE International, the Empowerment through Education Program fills a gap in basic education across the five Afghan provinces of Kapisa, Khost, Parwan, Ghazni and Paktiya. It particularly targets girls in remote and rural communities.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Partner Led Mid-Term Review of Empowerment through Education in Afghanistan Phase 3 2019 Mid-Term Review and Management Response

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

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