Conflict Mitigation Empowers Women

May 22, 2012


Years of civil war in Afghanistan and the lack of educational opportunities created a generation of women who are not aware of their basic rights and are thus unable to defend them. USAID’s Community Based Stabilization Grants Program (CBSG) organized conflict mitigation trainings to address this issue and connect them with their government representatives.

Held in Baghlan Province as a part of the USAID/CBSG efforts to build the capacity of an underserved population, the community-initiated conflict resolution courses were designed to build women’s skills and knowledge of the world around them. The trainings were implemented by three community councils from Shashsad Koti and adjacent villages in Pul-e-Khumri District in close collaboration with the Provincial Line Department of Women’s Affairs.

Conflict mitigation trainings recognize the impact of insurgent activity on women and girls and the trauma they experienced as one of the most vulnerable and powerless members of the community. They also recognize the important role women’s associative networks can play in mitigating conflict.

A total of 240 women attended the one month trainings in November 2011. Topics covered during the workshops included conflict resolution, peace promotion and security, human rights, violence against women, social justice and drug trafficking. The trainings increase the women’s knowledge and acted as a precursor for social change, improving the quality of life and the relationship amongst communities and their government.

Mrs.Zarifi, the Director of Provincial Women’s Affairs, called the trainings, “a strong step towards stability,” emphasizing the role women’s knowledge and awareness can play in bringing considerable improvements in their daily life. The CBSG project was implemented by Creative Associates International.

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