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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Public Engagement

CW4WAfghan volunteers, members, community partners and staff believe that individuals working in solidarity can effect positive change through the promotion of social justice and women’s rights. Our stakeholders in Canada, Afghanistan and beyond demonstrate their commitment as global citizens by participating in diverse activities to raise awareness and support for Afghan women, and girls and stay connected and informed by signing up for our CW4WAfghan News Bulletins.

In Canada, volunteers from British Columbia to the Atlantic provinces raise funds, friends, fun and awareness. Breaking Bread dinners and a variety of other events are held coast to coast throughout the year, raising awareness of women’s rights and more than $300,000 annually to support the Lantern Fund that supports teacher education in Afghanistan. From small neighbourhood gatherings, to community walks, galas attended by hundreds of friends, classroom presentations and speaking engagements, CW4WAfghan relies on the amazing work of these hosts, chefs, organizers, guest speakers, sponsors and donors who have helped turn the many ideas to share fun and fellowship into life-changing training and resources for thousands of Afghan teachers and their students each year.

“The clear line of sight between the donation and the actual work keeps this organization at the forefront of the gift giving of our guests. With three or four of us hosting, we invite our friends and as they return over the years they develop friendships with all of us!"- Barbara Thrasher, Calgary Chapter volunteer

Want to get involved? Find out more about the many options to engage in and support our work in Canada by contacting

In Afghanistan, our CW4WAfghan staff and volunteers in Kabul participate in a wide variety of public engagement events and activities to build community networks and partnerships throughout Afghanistan. We take part in collaborative events with community partners like Rotary Kabul and the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan, host our own International Literacy Day and other community celebrations, make local media appearances, and receive community awards and recognition throughout the year. Individual volunteers contribute time and energy in the Kabul office and translate educational resources materials in several languages for our Darakht-e Danesh Library.

International Literacy Day in Kabul is a unique celebration—a one-of-a-kind series of activities not only commemorating an important day but attracting and encouraging people of all ages to participate in reading circles, visit our book exhibition, attend poetry readings and much more.

Afghan Marketplace: CW4WAfghan imports quality products to Canada made by Afghan women, to support them in their craft and businesses and, at the same time, provide unique items for sale at popular Afghan Marketplaces at our events. Many new friends are made when patrons marvel at the wonderful craftsmanship of women artisans from Afghanistan!

Halton Chapter Afghan Marketplace


Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

Registered Charity #887718203RR0001

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