The AWARD organisation in particular assists women and young returnees to rebuild their lives in Afghanistan. It is a partner in the “Returning to New Opportunities” programme run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This involves working closely with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which implements the programme. Programme manager Hamid* talks about the objectives of the “Afghan Women Association for Rehabilitation and Development” and the services it provides.
What is the AWARD approach all about?
We started our work as far back as 1995. We provided humanitarian support at a refugee camp in Mazār-i-Sharīf during the Afghan civil war. This involved us providing food and training courses for women. Supporting women is still our focus, because it can’t be right for half the population to be ignored. Women in Afghanistan are often still not taken seriously and don’t have a voice in society. So we involve women at all levels of our work. Our organisation provides environments where they can express themselves freely and where someone listens to them.