Food distribution by OPAWC to deprived Afghan women
Through the generous donations of Rotary Club Australia, OPAWC provided food packages to many needy families in Afghanistan. In the critical situation faced by Afghan people, we thanks our great supporters in Australia for their solidarity and help.
Here are short stories of a number of women who were given the food packages:
Malalai is from Laghman province, her husband died a few years back and her father gave her to another person who already had a wife and is very much older than her. Currently her husband is unable to work and she is responsible for finding food for her 7 children. Her two older sons and daughters are also begging on the street to support the family. Due to the psychological pressures that she has experienced for many years, she has psychological instability. While she begs on the street, she also has to take care of her newly born baby.
OPAWC Afghan Women Training Center in Kabul
OPAWC Vocational Training Centre (VTC) funded by SAWA Australia is a center where Afghan women gather to build their capacity in tailoring and cloth making. They also have the opportunity to take part in literacy, English and computer classes. In addition, OPAWC also provides education to the children of women participating in different classes.
In the harsh current conditions of Afghanistan where over 90% of population lives under the poverty line and opportunities for women are fading in the society, our center helps some very deprived and needy women to learn and make a living. Such programs are most needed now than ever.
OPAWC event on the International Women’s Day
Organization of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC) in addition to providing various vocational training courses and other activities for women and girls, has always seized opportunities to bring women together and implement programs to raise their awareness and capacity.
The event, held on March 18, 2021, is an example of these efforts. This gathering was mainly in connection with March 8, International Women's Day which was attended by a large number of students and teachers of OPAWC course. In addition to the content and themes about women and their struggles and the current situation in the country, music pieces were also included in the program. The venue was decorated with pictures and posters of OPAWC activities.
Remembering Professor Matthias Tomczak
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Professor Matthias Tomczak and will always remember him for his tireless works for Afghan women. As the Convener of SAWA-Australia (SA), Professor Tomczak directed a sponsorship campaign in Australia for Afghan women that helped OPAWC to lay the foundation stone of OPAWC’s Vocation Training Center in Kabul in 2008. Through his efforts, this women center expanded over time to become an educational hub for hundreds of women and girls offering quality education in literacy and handicraft.
The SAWAN (May 2018) was published
Our dear friends and supporters in Australia, The Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SA), just published May 2018 addition of their quarterly newsletter SAWAN which you can download from here.
With thanks for covering some activities of OPAWC in this newsletter.
Spring 2017 Newsletter
Nowruz, marks the Afghan New Year, each year on March 21st. It is also the time which marks the beginning of the academic year. Schools as well as other educational institutions open after long three months’ winter break. In OPAWC, the vocational training center also has been started with the arrival of spring. This year is the beginning of new plans, hopes and dreams for all students of this center.
With the start of new academic year, students have left behind the distresses and problems of the long winter. Just like the flowers blooming, the students are also refreshed, wanting to learn new skills in the course of the year. OPAWC’s center employees are glad that their hard works is outputting positive results. Their students are learning a lot of skills. In the tailoring course, the women have reached to that level that they can provide their needs and they are self-sufficient now. Moreover, from the literacy courses, a numbers of women have been admitted in different grades at public schools and are continuing their studies.
Celebration of International Women‘s Day in OPAWC centers
International Women’s Day is the day of solidarity of women across the globe. On this day the organizations, parties and democratic and revolutionary individuals, especially those freedom loving women who struggle for their rights, vow once again to continue their tireless efforts for women‘s rights and equality.
OPAWC has been a pioneer in all issues related to women and has been active and participated in all social programs to raise its voice and to defend the women to every degree possible.
This year OPAWC celebrated International Women’s Day in four provinces: Kabul, Heart, Farah and Nangarhar. Each province had its separate program with speeches, national songs and theater performance. The themes of all speeches were approximately the same, about the present worsening of conditions for women and the bad situation of the country in general.
One Billion Rising in Afghanistan
On Monday 13 February 2017 OPAWC participated for the second time in One Billion Rising (OBR) of Women in Afghanistan.
This day is celebrated in most countries of the world to end violence and injustice against women. Billions women and men are participating in this rise to stop violence against women, to decrease different types of injustice and cruelty against women and foster solidarity among them.
Women should not be like a symbol in society, they must have the chance to achieve their goals and fulfil their hopes, reach their aims for which they are struggling in their lives, and to find their own place and equal rights in the society.
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