Women’s Empowerment and Education Centre, Kabul
Project established: 2011
Decades of war and civil conflict have made it difficult for any young Afghan man or woman to obtain post-secondary education. However young women face a particular set of obstacles. Most still need to overcome educational disadvantage as well as significant financial and cultural barriers to access higher education and to graduate successfully. Many come from sole parent families or from families where boys’ education is prioritised.
Since 2011 indigo foundation has partnered with the Women’s Empowerment Centre (WEC) at Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) in Kabul to support programs that enable financially and educationally disadvantaged Afghan women to access a quality education in law, political science and economics.
indigo foundation provided seed funding to the Women’s Empowerment Centre in 2011 and since then the Centre has gone from strength to strength. Since 2011, 259 female students have received full tuition scholarships from the Women’s Empowerment Centre. Many more await the same opportunity.
As well the scholarship program, indigo foundation supports capacity-building initiatives for the Women’s Empowerment Centre, such as computer training for scholarship holders and advocacy for gender studies. The success of the Centre’s gender training initiatives has secured German government funding for a Gender Studies Department within GIHE and a Peace Building Department has developed from training and workshops around Women, Peace and Conflict.
GIHE was established in 2010 by Dr Sima Samar, Nobel Prize nominee and head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights commission.