The Alliance for International Women’s Rights is a U.S. non-profit organization with a mission of supporting women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries (with a current focus on Afghanistan). We do this by creating connections between Afghan women and professionals in developed countries who would like to use their skills to further women’s rights. The primary way in which we create these connections is through our long-distance Empowerment Programs. 

The philosophy behind AIWR is that all aspects of our global community will benefit from people everywhere being accorded their full and equal human rights. However, women’s rights are lagging far behind other areas of human rights. Moreover, women leaders, especially in the developing world, often lack technical or substantive skills and don’t know where to turn for help. 

On the other hand, extraordinary professional talent exists around the globe, including in America — talent that could help move women’s rights forward but that is frustrated by not knowing how to help. The Alliance is designed to address both these issues by bringing together women in developing countries with professionals who are searching for a meaningful way to use their skills and experience to help make the world a better place. 

A secondary, but also important aspect of AIWR is the belief that creating connections between people of different cultures is a remarkably rewarding, life-changing experience that can help improve international understanding and relations, one person at a time.