Women's Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan

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Key Information

Women's Campaign International’s (WIC) Economic Empowerment curriculum equips women to take on larger roles in household financial decisions and start their own businesses through training in business and financial literacy skills, entrepreneurship, and basic budgeting. WCI has found programs that encourage women’s economic ventures will significantly increase women’s self-confidence, their ability to manage household finances, and ultimately impact broader social change. To kick off our 2018 program in Afghanistan, a workshop focusing on the role of media in women's empowerment was hosted in conjunction with Afghanistan's Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul. Participants discussed the role of the media as an important tool for communicating messages, and analyzed how the media can provide a space for disparate campaigns to identify opportunities and encourage more women to participate in political and social leadership at community levels. The workshop provided a critical space for participants to network with other women and men who are working for women's empowerment and to share the experiences and challenges that they are facing in their communities. The workshop concluded with participants brainstorming how to move forward and change the media's narrative of women from a story of victimization to a message of empowerment.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2018 - 2019


Afghanistan Ministry of Women's Affairs

Ministry Affiliation

Afghanistan Ministry of Women's Affairs


Azizi Bank

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Rights/empowerment education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Other community members - female


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

  • Other community members - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training
  • Savings accounts

Social/gender norms change

  • Work with community leaders

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training
  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being