Mezhgan, a 25 year-old Afghan star athlete, is a keen student, and has always dreamt of pursuing higher education outside of her home country. Today, together with 30 other young Afghan women, she is a scholarship holder for a Master’s degree programme in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
UNDP Afghanistan, in partnership with Pajhwok Afghan News, recently conducted a three-day training in investigative journalism for 21 Afghan journalists (including 6 female participants) through its ACTION project.
The country is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to the limited availability of properly equipped medical facilities, inadequate numbers of trained medical personnel, the damaging effect of 40 years of war on social capital at the community level, a large influx of returnees from Iran and Pakistan during recent months, and the lack of resources to support local government in taking the action needed.
The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is a ministerial pledging conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Afghanistan and Finland with the United Nations, taking place 23–24 November.
United Nations in Afghanistan is announcing the 2020 photo contest on the theme of ‘Dedgah Zan’ or ‘Through Her Eyes’ to narrate the positive, vibrant and colorful stories of women and girls during this darkly challenging time.
At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has enforced restrictions on many activities, mobile applications are being developed to fill gap and help raise awareness about important community initiatives in Afghanistan.

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31.7%

of Afghans are literate

35.8%

of population living below the national poverty line

17.5

is the median age in Afghanistan

8.3%

of people uses internet

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