A New Way Forward:

Online Education for Afghan Girls

through the RCA Program

The Taliban Takeover

Following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, UWHAW had to suspend sending funds to Gawharshad University in Kabul for girls' scholarships. This decision was necessitated by Canadian anti-terrorist laws. Hence, UWHAW was unable to fulfill one of its primary mandates - to support education for girls in Afghanistan – for almost two years. During this time, we advocated for the government to allow humanitarian and education funds to be sent to Afghanistan.

Then, in December 2022, compounding the already dire situation for girls in Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed a ban that prohibited girls from going to university.

UWHAW’s New Way Forward

In response to this situation, UWHAW members voted to have a committee find a legal way to utilize their funds to continue to support girls’ education in Afghanistan. The committee came back with a recommendation to partner with a well-established organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) and implement their Remote Communication Assistance (RCA) program. This program provides laptops, data packages for internet access and power banks (as electricity in Afghanistan is unreliable) so that the girls in Afghanistan can access online learning.

This recommendation was subsequently approved by UWHAW Executive, UWHAW members and the CFUW-Ottawa Board. The Partnership Agreement was signed on June 26, 2023 and became effective on July 1, 2023.

We are very excited to be able to provide the tools to girls in Afghanistan which will enable them to access online learning, resume their education and give them renewed hope for their future. 




Contact us: universitywomenhelpingafghanwomen@cfuw-ottawa.org

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