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  • Gender and Women's Studies at Kabul University: A Step Towards Addressing the Gender GapGender and Women's Studies at Kabul University: A Step Towards Addressing the Gender GapAfghanistan is one of the most challenging countries in the world to be a woman. But there are glimmers of hope, especially in education, where significant progress has been made. According to World Bank data, net enrollment at the end of the Taliban regime in 2001 was estimated at 43% for boys but a miserable 3% for girls.

  • A day in Mazar with the Korean AmbassadorA day in Mazar with the Korean Ambassador08 February 2016, Nangarhar - Small businesses in Afghanistan often find it difficult to find customers and lack the management and marketing skills needed to compete with foreign imports.

  • After half a life of working in UNDP, Farida has seen a lot, learned a lot and helped a lot of peopleAfter half a life of working in UNDP, Farida has seen a lot, learned a lot and helped a lot of people24 February 2016, Kabul — Farida Alam is UNDP Afghanistan’s longest-serving member of staff. She’s been with us for 25 years – a period in which Afghanistan and UNDP have seen astonishing changes.

  • Getting out of a Pickle – Business Training Helps Women Succeed in the MarketGetting out of a Pickle – Business Training Helps Women Succeed in the Market08 February 2016, Nangarhar - Small businesses in Afghanistan often find it difficult to find customers and lack the management and marketing skills needed to compete with foreign imports.

  • Afghanistan’s First Female District Police Chief: Colonel Jamila BayazAfghanistan’s First Female District Police Chief: Colonel Jamila BayazShe was supposed to be an engineer. But Jamila Bayaz lasted a year studying engineering at Kabul University before finally convincing her family to let her join the police force.

  • Women Entrepreneurs from Herat Link with Kabul-Area MarketsWomen Entrepreneurs from Herat Link with Kabul-Area MarketsWomen from across the western province of Herat are engaged in a number of entrepreneurship activities that include making handicrafts and jewelry, growing saffron and processing dry fruit such as pistachio and almond. Women entrepreneurs from Herat City, and Gozara, Injil, Karukh, Koshan and Zindajan districts of Herat province are particularly active in running and expanding their small-scale businesses.

  • Religious Inter-school Competition Inspires Young LeadersReligious Inter-school Competition Inspires Young LeadersKabul, Afghanistan: “I want to be the President of Afghanistan.” This is Zhania’s response when asked about her ambitions. Zhania Zainab is the top scorer among the students of her school and for the last three years has attended a madrassa (religious school).

  • Jewelry Making Brings Hope to Impoverished Women in HeratJewelry Making Brings Hope to Impoverished Women in HeratA UNDP programme trains women in jewelry making so that they can provide their families with incomes and escape abusive situations Every day Sediqa, 26, walks for two hours to get to her jewelry making class. “I save my transportation allowance to buy food for my children,” she says.

  • Women Members of the High Peace Council Present to UNDP a 250,000-Signature Petition Calling for Peace Women Members of the High Peace Council Present to UNDP a 250,000-Signature Petition Calling for PeaceThe women’s committee of the High Peace Council (HPC), an Afghan body involved in the country’s peace efforts, has submitted today a petition – containing the signatures of more than 250,000 Afghan women and girls calling for peace – to the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan for onward transmission to the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

  • Afghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace AwardAfghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace AwardAn Afghan women’s rights activist, Masouda Karokhi, has received in Kabul the 2013 N-Peace Award, an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


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