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Welcome to Afghanistan Women's Think Tank website​


Violence-free, non-discriminatory Afghanistan fosters peaceful coexistence, equality, collective ownership, and the full participation of women...


To prioritize and institutionalize democracy and women leadership in Afghanistan through transformative, constructive, and innovative approaches.


To enable, enhance and promote democracy in Afghanistan by enabling women to participate in all political and social processes, from elections ...

About Us

The Afghanistan Women’s Think Tank (AFWT) was initially founded in March 2016 by a group of democracy advocates in Afghanistan. The group first started its activity by advocating for the meaningful participation of women in political processes in Afghanistan. In the parliamentary election of 2016 and the subsequent presidential election of 2019, AFWT has worked extensively across Afghanistan to mobilize young Afghan women to take an active part in elections both as voters and candidates. Under the initiative of “Afghan Women for Election,” AFWT went to the most underserved provinces of Afghanistan to empower, educate, mobilize, and equip women to take part in elections. As a result, the group could support ten young female community leaders to nominate themselves in the parliamentary election of 2018. In recognition of their work, AFWT founding director Maryam Rayed received the Young Leader of the Year by the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), the largest civil society umbrella organization working for peace in Afghanistan.


To strengthen the capacity of common people at the community level to handle conflict in nonviolent ways, bringing change in their lives …

AWPSI is a network of women civil society leaders working together to advance women’s rights and regional/local peace in Afghanistan. AFWT through …

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