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.
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.