Programs

Connecting Women Across the Globe To Support Women’s Rights

The Alliance’s long-distance Empowerment Programs take advantage of free Internet-based communication technology to help open the world to women in developing countries through long-distance volunteers. The volunteers use Skype and e-mail to meet long distance with women and girls in developing countries to provide individual tutoring and mentoring. The exchanges that occur through this process help move women and girls toward their personal education or employment goals while also helping to bridge worlds and improve understanding between different cultures. The following is a brief introduction to our Afghanistan and Nepal Empowerment Programs.

The English Program - Opening the World to Afghan and Nepalese Women

The purpose of the English Program is to increase the English capacity of women leaders and future women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one English classes. By improving their English skills, women and girls can more easily reach out to the international community for information, advice and funding, as well as sharing their experiences with the world. Improved English skills also help women obtain employment and educational opportunities.

The English Program matches women and girls with experienced, volunteer English teachers from the U.S. and other Western, English-speaking countries. Each student and teacher pair meet on-line twice a week, via Skype™, for live English classes, using both voice and instant messaging features. In addition to providing individualized English lessons, the sessions provide the women and girls with professional women role models and mentoring. The live sessions also give both the students and teachers a unique opportunity to directly meet and learn about each others’ cultures. This unique cultural exchange helps to build better international understanding, one person at a time.

AIWR currently operates its English Program in Afghanistan and Nepal. AIWR's Afghanistan English Program is operated in partnership with the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies in Kandahar and Justice for All in Kabul. AIWR's Nepal English Program is operated in partnership with American Corners - Biratnagar.

For more information, please visit our English Programs page.

The Mentor Program – Providing International Mentoring

The Mentor Program helps build the capacity of Afghan women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one mentoring relationships with American women mentors. The Mentor Program selects qualified American women professionals to provide long-distance mentoring to Afghan women in the subject matter of the mentor’s expertise. The mentor and mentee meet weekly via Skype’s free computer-to-computer phone and instant messaging service.

One example of our Mentor Program includes a team of Seattle women attorneys who mentored an Afghan woman senator by helping her understand the legal and political terminology in the international treaties with which she works, and aided her in her legislative efforts to increase the country's penalty for rape. Another example is an American woman scientist who mentored a young Afghan dental student with biology classes. We have paired mentors with Afghan women attorneys who represent women in family law cases and to human rights/women rights attorneys who trained thousands of Afghan women on voting rights and educated judges and police officers on domestic violence laws. The attorneys have also worked together to provide translations of Afghanistan legal code affecting women to the American Bar Association’s database on laws concerning women worldwide. We have recently matched women law professors with their counterparts at various law schools throughout Afghanistan.

For more information, please visit our Mentor Program page.

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