Restoring Women Status in Rural Afghanistan by Building a Sustainable Livelihood Through Education and Capacity Building to Overcome Poverty

Abstract

Since 2002, foreign aid has been invested billions of dollars to bring a sustainable social change for women in Afghanistan through education, literacy project and capacity building of women in large cities in Afghanistan, however, a very little is known about the impact on women in the rural areas. The paper will examine the importance of education and building a strong capacity in rural Afghanistan to ultimately lead to a sustainable livelihood and overcome poverty. Once a woman is educated and skilled in many ways, she can change her social status from a housewife to a decision-making role in her household and the community. A woman with a secured financial status has purchasing power, hence building a positive dialogue and earns the trust and respect of the community elders. She will be an affluent woman and will support other women in promoting women empowerment through education and capacity building. The paper will review the importance of women working together in the grass roots to bring changes to their community and find ways to avoid the poverty trap. The paper looks into the importance of women’ involvement in community affairs which contributes in gaining their confidence and self-esteem to be able to overcome daily challenges in a Muslim male driven society. The paper will show case best practices and success stories from Afghanistan and neighboring countries



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Hilda Grigorian, American University of Armenia, Armenia

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Conference: ACEID2019
Stream: International Education

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