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Nine innocent men, women and children were gunned down by the Taliban in a senseless killing at the Serena Hotel on the eve of the Afghan new year and spring celebration, Nowruz.
 
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the families of all of the victims.
 

Lauryn Oates has been passionate about women’s rights there since 1996, when she first learned how the Taliban was treating women. She converted  her passion into action by setting up a chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) in Vancouver, and is currently projects director for the organization.

“Girls were banned from school. Women couldn’t work outside the home and weren’t allowed to even leave their homes without a male relative. The rules effectively meant that women and girls were no longer human beings,” Oates said.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS), a higher education institution located in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which provides employment-oriented education to Kandahari youth, with an emphasis on women’s access. Students take classes in courses such as English language, information technology, and business programs. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) based in Calgary, Alberta delivers online training from their faculty via Skype as part of KIMS’ programming.

KIMS promotes the participation of women in the economy, political life, and Afghan civil society by providing employment-oriented education that has created significant change for students in Kandahar, particularly for women. From 2007 to 2012, 2,278 students graduated from KIMS’ professional training programs, most of them women studying Information Technology at no charge. Of these students, at least 1,157 were able to secure or obtain promotions. Each employed graduate provided financial support for an average of seven family members, resulting in KIMS helping to create a source of income for more than 9,800 Kandahar residents, or close to 1% of the population of Kandahar province.

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