Its mandates include women’s economic empowerment, advocacy, and prevention of gender-based violence. Its work takes place at the grassroots level – for example, leading mediation in cases where girls are kept from educational opportunities, or being forced to marry.
Faria*, 27, has been the KWA’s leader since 2016. “The best thing about the Kabul Women’s Association is that the most vulnerable women have somewhere to come if they have problems, like gender-based violence,” she says. “Women can come here without fear or restriction. We help people in different ways. There was one case [from 2021] where three girls were not allowed by their father to go past sixth grade. I went to their home three times to talk to the father and convinced him to let the girls go back to school.”
CARE’s funding helps pay rent and utilities on the KWA’s building, while CARE has also offered training on advocacy, recording GBV cases, and mediating complex family situations. Monthly training opportunities on different subjects are offered to each of the KWA’s 20 action groups, with CARE paying rent for venues in different districts around the city.