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Afghan Women’s Ministry Launches National Restructuring Project

Ms. Fawzia Kofi, MP, Head of Women’s Affairs and Civil Society Commission of the Lower House of Parliament and Vice President of the National Assembly speaks as panel looks on. Panel from left: Mr. William Hammink, USAID Mission Director; Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs; Mr. Abdullah Ahmadzai, Acting Country Representative, The Asia Foundation and; Dr. Sheeba Härmä, Chief of Party, MORE.

Kabul, Afghanistan, September 10, 2013 — The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), in partnership with The Asia Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Organizational Restructuring and Empowerment Project (MORE).

MORE is a three-year project aimed at strengthening MoWA’s capacity to advance its policy mandate, gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. This will be achieved through implementing an organizational restructuring and capacity-building program within MoWA.

In particular, MORE will support the delivery of two key components of MoWA’s National Priority Program (NPP): institutional reform and organizational capacity building; and public awareness and education, outreach, and media relations.

Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs and Mr. Abdullah Ahmadzai, Acting Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, sign the MORE MoU document.

MORE seeks to facilitate organizational and strategic reform at MoWA through specific trainings on policy leadership and advocacy, strategic planning, human resource management, gender mainstreaming, financial management, monitoring and evaluation and public outreach. The project will strengthen ties between MoWA and other Afghan ministries to incorporate gender mainstreaming in their own policy development in line with National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA). A comprehensive scholarship program for MoWA employees and grants program aimed at public outreach in the provinces will also be a large component of MORE.

“It is a great pleasure to be participating in the launch of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Organizational Restructuring and Empowerment Project,” said Dr. Husn Banu Ghazanfar, MoWA Minister. “With support from the Asia Foundation and USAID, this is a critical project that directly strengthens the delivery of the ministry’s mandate.”

“Afghanistan’s women have faced many challenges throughout the years, and this ministry has always been there to support them through developing public policy, improving women’s education, health, security, and livelihoods, as well as strengthening gender mainstreaming.”

“Over the next three years, the MORE project will support the ministry in continuing to provide direction for policy leadership on socio-economic issues that affect women and help to build on the ministry’s capacity to meet even greater challenges as we enter a period where Afghanistan will see some major changes – politically, economically and security-wise.”

Abdullah Ahmadzai, the Foundation’s acting country representative in Afghanistan said: “The Asia Foundation has been helping to improve the lives of Afghanistan’s women since 1954. Through MORE, the Foundation continues to support Afghanistan’s women by strengthening the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ ability to effectively plan, and deliver its mandate as a public policy making ministry.”

Read more about The Asia Foundation and its work in Afghanistan.

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