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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Atlantic Chapter


Atlantic Chapter
Susan Hartley
t: 1-902-652-2588


The Atlantic Chapter held the Chapter’s annual public engagement event in Pictou County on May 8th.
Mellissa Fung was a generous and inspiring speaker to a sold out audience at our Third Annual Evening in
Support of Afghan Women and Girls. With great community support and proceeds from product sales we
are able to keep ticket prices low and ensure access to this event to the entire community. Funds were raised
in support of The Lantern Fund.

The Chapter is busy on three fronts: Halifax Region, Pictou County and Charlottetown. A motivated group
has been meeting for coffee regularly in Halifax thanks in large part to the efforts of members Carm Bailey and
Susan Doucette. This group is planning to partner with other organizations to hold a public engagement and
fundraising event in Halifax.

In July we hold our second “Day in PEI”, a day for active members to celebrate our efforts and exchange
ideas and information as we head into planning for the fall.

Mellissa Fung will return to Atlantic Canada in September to speak in Charlottetown at a Chapter event.

The Atlantic Chapter became a member of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation this spring and
was highlighted in the recent ACIC newsletter.


The Atlantic Chair and Board member, Susan Hartley presented several lectures to International Education students at UPEI. Susan, Carm Bailey, Judy Burton and other chapter volunteer members organized or participated in a number of community events, Breaking Bread dinners and book clubs in PEI and NS throughout the year. Afghan marketplaces are set up as part of the events and imported products are sold throughout the year. It was a very rewarding and successful year for Atlantic members.


The highlight of the year for many of our members, was attending the Annual 2012 ATLANTIC Symposium hosted by the Atlantic Chapter in October (see full details in the CW4WAfghan Atlantic Newsletter and Impact Report 2012). The Atlantic chapter members also hosted the four CW4WAfghan Afghan Master Trainers during their three-week visit to Canada meeting fellow educators and students at local schools, colleges, universities and community centres. The Atlantic team members also supported the Little Women youth in their presentation to Pictou County schools. THANK YOU SUE and your entire TEAM of volunteers for providing an incredible three days together. Watch for our symposium newsletter coming soon.


As a relatively new member of CW4WAfghan, the symposium and AGM last weekend at Pictou Lodge NS provided me with such an expanded perspective of the scope and scale of important projects and initiatives within Afghanistan. It was also a lovely occasion to meet and feel part of such an inspirational network of members and chapter organizations within Canada. What a remarkable group of people!

Janet, Peterborough Chapter

Please welcome our new chapter in Atlantic Canada.  Email for further details


New Glasgow, Nova Scotia:  Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is pleased to announce the establishment of its Atlantic Chapter, which will coordinate CW4WAfghan activities in the four Atlantic Provinces. 

CW4WAfghan works to engage Canadians in supporting the empowerment of Afghan women and their struggle for basic human rights.  Founded in 1996, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a network of volunteer members from all across Canada.

The goals of this registered charity are to advance educational opportunities for women and children in Afghanistan, and to increase the understanding in Canada about human rights in Afghanistan. CW4WAfghan members believe that individuals, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action can affect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights.

Fundraising efforts such as the Breaking Bread initiative have surpassed $1 million.  One hundred percent of the funds raised through this initiative support project needs identified by Afghan citizens working in education, literacy, and human rights. These projects include the development of education and literacy programs, provision of teachers, libraries, and an orphanage for girls.  For more information regarding these and more projects and regarding the CW4WAfghan organization visit

With the establishment of an Atlantic Chapter the number of chapters of CW4WAfghan has grown to a total of 13 chapters and affiliates spanning the entire country.

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

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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