Bring peace, human rights, justice to Afghanistan

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One Year Impact Report

Throughout this past year, AIL conducted 12 workshops in Afghanistan training women about peace and human rights .

Impact For Girls & Women

Since receiving funding from Catapult, AIL conducted 12 workshops in three provinces in Afghanistan. A total of 490 women attended the workshop.

Estimated girls & women affected

490

Broader Impact

490 women are now more aware about peace and human rights and the three provinces in Afghanistan are now also benefitting from these workshops

Estimated community members affected

490+

No limitations for a woman to be a good leader

Thanks to your support, a total of 490 women and girls attended these workshops. The peace workshop focused on peace and how the participants could encourage it within their communities. In the human rights workshops, participants learned their rights and were taught culturally appropriate strategies to defend those rights. The Justice workshops focused on equal rights for all and the elimination of violence against women, and crime in general.

The AIL office in Kabul Province worked with the Director of Women’s Affairs to find new locations to hold four leadership workshops. Three of these workshops were held in a center established to give women a place to gather. The 85 women who attended these workshops had never been to anything like these workshops, and the idea of being a leader was new and very exciting to them.

The fourth leadership workshop was held in Dykondi province and included women community leaders. After the workshop the women said that they were happy to have been able to participate, especially since many of the women were teachers, or held seats on various village councils. The women said that they now felt that they knew how to take on leadership roles, and would share this information with others.

The Herat Office held two workshops they called “Ideation Symposiums”. These symposiums brought together 117 women of many different backgrounds to participate in guided discussions about human rights, justice and democracy. At first, the participants in the symposiums were very shy, but soon they opened up and by the end the participants said that they had a better understanding of their rights, and ideas of how to protect their rights

Up close

"To be honest before coming to this workshop I had some problems in dealing with my children, but now I learned how to manage everything in my life. This workshop taught me what mutual respect, understanding each other and relationship between children and families meant. I thank AIL for giving me the chance to be a good mother for my children. I am going to share what I learned in the workshop with others in the community I live."

Another participant said, “This workshop gave me new ideas and a new way to think that would lead to a better life for me and my community. I feel more self-confident and believe in myself more. I learned there is no limitations for a woman to be a good leader, that I should not be shy anymore. As a good leader, I am going to change my future.”

Risks and challenges

Our staff decided not to go with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model and offer only one type of workshop to all. Instead we listened to each individual communities needs, and offered workshops that were variations on the theme of peace and human rights..

What we’ve learnt

After all three workshops, participants reported feeling confident in their abilities to go out and make their communities a safer, more just, and more peaceful place to live. They were all very pleased with the workshop, and many encouraged the AIL staff to present these workshops to more people.

Next steps

The majority of participants in these workshops report going out and taking on a leadership role after participating in the workshop. Many encouraged the AIL staff to present these workshops to more people. We hope to make that possibility a reality in the near future.

Budget

We've spent a total of $2,000 from Materials, Rent & Utilities, Transportation and Salaries.

Line Items

Projected budget

Amount spent so far

Materials

 Rent & Utilities 

Transportation

 Salaries

$300 

$480

 $540

 $4,680

Total $6,000

More information

We thank you for supporting our project! The workshops presented by AIL are helping the young women that participate in them to feel powerful and to feel like they can make a difference. Together, we’re showing women that they can be powerful and make a difference in their communities.

90 Day Report

Afghan Institute of Learning Ideation Symposium Held

posted May 20, 2013 by Sakena Yacoobi

All of us at Creating Hope International and the Afghan Institute of Learning would like to thank you all for your generous support. Every day we are bringing education, health care, and other necessary services to more and more Afghans. It is truly making an impact on individuals as well as communities, bettering their quality of life and standards of living on the whole.

Following their successful conference on Peace, Love and Forgiveness in 2012, at the request of many people, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun holding Ideation Symposiums on various topics. With the funds raised on Catapult, in March 2013, Afghan Institute of Learning held its first successful Ideation Symposium in Herat, Afghanistan, in which many high-ranking government officials, non-governmental organization heads, university presidents, school principals, scholars, poets, and students were in attendance. In this gathering, issues of society, environment, education, human rights, and democratic principles were in discussion. Young poets, many of whom were women, read their poetry and read short stories for all in attendance. The discourse of the workshop was that of peace and human rights; most participants have reiterated that they were impressed by the effectiveness of the delivery of that message.

A financial report will be posted in the final report.

 

 

  • Education & training
  • Leadership
  • War & Crisis

Visionary women-led organization introduces workshops for peace, human rights and justice.

Why we care: Because the Afghan Institute of Learning often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding and forgiveness in order to return to a peaceful way of life

How we're solving this: Reintroducing the ancient, peaceful culture and values of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Institute of Learning, an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization, believes that the present generation of Afghan students will bring peace, justice and human rights for all to Afghanistan.  

In all of its educational programs, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun to reintroduce the ancient, peaceful culture and values of Afghanistan. Drawing on the poetry of Rumi, in April 2012, Afghan Institute of Learning hosted an international conference on love and forgiveness in Herat that highlighted Afghan writers, poets, scholars, and musicians in ways that are reminiscent of Afghanistan’s peaceful past. The conference was a huge success and widely acclaimed throughout Afghanistan. After numerous requests, Afghan Institute of Learning has begun holding workshops for students where they can reconnect with the poets of their past and share ideas about responsibility, justice, human rights, ethics and bringing peace to Afghanistan.   
 
Afghan Institute of Learning wants to hold 12 peace, human rights and justice workshops in 2013.  Each workshop for 50 to 100 students costs $500. Please help these students to learn how to be wise and responsible human beings so that they can help to bring peace to Afghanistan.
 
The Afghan Institute of Learning is an Afghan women’s non-governmental organization founded in 1995 by Dr. Sakena Yacoobi to help address the problem of poor access for Afghan women and children to education and health services, their subsequent inability to support their lives, and the impact of this lack of education and health on Afghan society. Afghan Institute of Learning is an organization, run by Afghan women, that plays a major part in reconstructing education and health systems capable of reaching the women and children of Afghanistan--whether in refugee camps or in their homes in Afghanistan.  Afghan Institute of Learning’s visionary programs have had a major impact on Afghanistan and its people.  Between 1996 and June 2012, over 10 million Afghans have been direct beneficiaries of AIL education, training and health services.  A number of Afghan Institute of Learning’s visionary programs have been replicated or adopted by the Afghan government and other organizations.
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The young girls and boys of Afghanistan are working to transform their country to one of peace and justice. They believe in education for all and they want their children to grow up in a place without war