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CFLI announces awareness, women empowerment projects

CFLI announces awareness, women empowerment projects

Sep 23, 2020 - 15:50


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program will implement selected projects in 2020-2021 in several urban centers and has awarded financial support to eight local and international non-governmental organizations in this regard, a statement said on Wednesday.

The projects include raising awareness and preventing the spread of Covid-19, supporting womeninfo-icon’s empowerment and gender equality, advocating for meaningful participation of Afghan youth in the peace process, Canada’s Embassy in Kabul said in the statement.

The projects also include raising awareness on climate change and waste management as part of Afghan civil societyinfo-icon’s efforts to lower the emission of greenhouse gases.

Among these partners, four organizations are implementing projects related to awareness raising and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

These four partners are Salam Afghanistaninfo-icon Media Organization (SAMO), Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC), Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) and Society Educational Awareness Research Consultancy and Healthinfo-icon Organization (SEARCH).

They are operating across the country in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad cities as well as in Laghman and Helmand provinces.

These projects aim to raise awareness among families and communities about COVID-19 with provision of accurate and verified information and conduct an advocacy and mobilization campaign among leaders of community, religious and women’s rights groups.

Some projects also provide training and equipment for sewing face masks and organize the distribution of these masks to communities.

Several of these efforts aim to reduce the gap between people and their local government authorities in order to improve local government services during this critical time.

Furthermore, some project activities are raising awareness about the increase of Gender Based Violence during the pandemic and working to prevent this continued violence through prevention advocacy with communities.

The fifth CFLI project is focusing on women’s empowerment and will be implemented by Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) in Kabul, Paktia and Balkh provinces.

This programming includes the provision of one-on-one legal advice and legal support to women and will also provide a training opportunity for a number of women to not only advocate for the rights of women but to work as volunteers in these legal clinics and build their capacity in policy making and civic leadership.

The sixth CFLI project will be implemented by Afghan Youth Civic Engagement and Educational Organization (AYCEEO) in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Badakshan and Bamyan provinces.

The project provides a platform to advocate for gender equality and the meaningful participation of youth of all genders in the peace process.

Furthermore, the project will provide an opportunity for youth to build their capacity and increase their knowledge on basic human rights, civic rights, social justice and UN Security Council.

The seventh CFLI project is on environmental protection and will be implemented by Environmental Awareness and Protection Organization (EAPO) in Kabul and Parwan provinces.

The project aims to decrease the emission of carbon dioxide and methane emissions caused by food waste and agricultural remains.

The project includes construction of 40 Composting Bins and 10 Anaerobic Digesters, after which EAPO will provide training opportunities for farmers, restaurant owners and university students about the proper use of waste management equipment.

The project will also raise awareness about air pollution and environmental protection among communities in which EAPO is active.

The eighth CFLI project focuses on the development of leadership skills and healthy behaviors for young Afghan girls and boys while providing them with opportunities to improve their event planning skills, educational abilities, physical health and learn about different professions and workplaces through field trips.

In particular, the project has a save space outdoors where girls and young women can take part in activities such as outdoor training and athletics.

The project will be implemented by Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support for Afghanistan (PARSA) in Kabul.

This year, the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan issued two calls for proposals – one specific to COVID-19 and one in line with other programming themes including gender equality, support for peace and good governance and climate action.

The embassy received a record 174 proposals, of which eight were selected following a competitive process of assessment. The selected projects will have a direct impact in local communities and their implementation will be completed by the end of February 2021.




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