ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Rating: 4.99 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Women

Location: P.O. Box 165 c/o Lisa Herb East Chatham NY 12060 USA

Mission: AIWR's mission is to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.
Results: AIWR currently provides its long-distance English Program to 65 Afghan women and girls, and provides its Mentor Program to five Afghan attorneys and one Afghan graduate student.
Target demographics: AIWR works to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50 Afghan women and girls.
Geographic areas served: Afghanistan and Nepal
Programs: AIWR's English Program: The purpose of the English Program is to increase the English capacity of Afghan women leaders and future women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one English classes. By improving their English skills, Afghan 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. The English Program matches Afghan 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 to Afghan women and girls, the classes provide both the students and teachers with a unique opportunity to directly meet and learn about each others’ cultures. This unique cultural exchange helps to build better understanding and stronger relationships between the Western world and Afghanistan, one person at a time. AIWR's Mentor Program: 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 and girls 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 have been mentoring Afghan women human rights attorneys twice a week via Skype. The mentoring sessions focus on English legal and political terminology relevant to the Afghan attorneys’ work, including discussing the legal and political terminology in the Afghan Constitution and comparing it to other countries’ constitutions. The Mentor Program also provides editing and writing support to its Afghan partner organizations. For example, Mentor Program Volunteers assist Afghan partners with writing and editing documents that have been translated into English, such as grant proposals, website materials, brochures, articles, letters, and reports. By having Alliance Volunteers assist with editing, research and writing, the partner organizations are able to improve their standing and communication with the international community and donors and more effectively reach out to the world.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is an outstanding Volunteer Organization. It is a great opportunity for women in developed countries to teach, mentor, educate, and befriend someone in a less fortunate and dangerous situation. It opens the door for communication, understanding, and heart-felt relationships that could be lasting. The experience is enriching and what AIWR does for the young women in foreign countries - is amazing.... despite the challenges and how dangerous this all can be. If you ever have a chance to be a part of such an amazing organization, then do so, because... the opportunity to work as a volunteer with AIWR - is priceless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe the organization is outstanding. I would not make any changes at this time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering with the AIWR English Program for almost 6 years. While it often presents challenges, it is always rewarding. The women and girls who access this program in Afghanistan are pretty amazing. Despite the serious deterrents they face they are totally determined and committed to pursuing education. A small portion of time volunteering comes with the constant reminder of the enormous value embedded in this mutually educational relationship.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

I am coming towards the end of my first three months of volunteering as a teacher on AIWR's English Program and have found it to be an excellent experience in all respects. AIWR have been quick to respond to any queries and very helpful and friendly. Working with my student has been an incredible experience and I am extremely grateful to AIWR for providing such a wonderful opportunity, and for doing such invaluable work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I worked as a volunteer teacher for AIWR for three months and I found the organisation to be incredibly dedicated, efficient and enthusiastic. Directly speaking to female students in Afghanistan felt like truly making a difference. I can't think of many programmes that are able to form such a tangible link between cultures.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been working as a volunteer teacher of English for just three weeks and have been most impressed by the friendly efficiency of the organisation. I am a retired teacher and have taught in various contexts, including teaching girls and young women in a developing country, and understand how valuable it is to give women the skills to enable them to be independent and help others. My young Afghan student hopes to become a doctor. I believe that AIWR and my small role may help her achieve her goal.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working for AIWR as a volunteer for over a year now and have enjoyed my time with them greatly. Their support staff is excellent, and the cause they work for is a very important one. I've been teaching English to a young Afghan girl over Skype, and I think the experience has changed both our lives. It is quite moving how energetic and optimistic she is about her future in such a hostile environment. I firmly believe that AIWR's program has a great impact on the lives of these girls and brings Afghanistan closer to us voluteers, who know nothing about it apart from images from the media. I continue to work for AIWR, and hope to do so until my other work schedule permits.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working as a volunteer English teacher for about six months and have enjoyed every moment of it! I work with both a man and a woman who do amazing work for a non-profit in Afghanistan, and for whom learning English would help their career. Any time an issue has arisen, such as one with scheduling conflicts, the team at AIWR has been very quick to respond and help. AIWR is wonderful non-profit, and I feel honored to be working with them!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Alliance for International Women's Rights is a superb non-profit. It is set up to directly impact girls and women in Afghanistan by helping them learn English one-on-one with a teacher in the western world. It is a safe, effective, stream-lined model. Our world needs to do more to help girls and women, and this group is doing it, woman by woman. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making it happen.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazingly well-run, nicely organized non-profit set up to directly help girls and women in Afghanistan (and other east Asian countries) with one-on-one teaching experiences from Western women, all via the internet. It truly makes the other side of the world feel closer and more personal to know that a woman in the Western world can reach out and directly help a woman in the developing world. Educating women and girls is the key to world peace and each country's potential prosperity. Programs like this deserve more attention and support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen how simply and efficiently this group works by having teachers in the US or Europe or Australia run one-on-one tutoring sessions over the internet, which is a safe and more risk-free way to reach women in countries where it may be risky for women and girls to go to school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them more money and support! It's run almost entirely on ideas, idealism, and volunteer energy! This is a group of women trying to help other women to gain a better way of life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working for AIWR has changed my life in aspects that I continue to discover even after a year and three months. The experience works primarily on two levels: first, the idea that such a strong emotional and educational connection can be made utilizing technology is remarkable. I think AIWR is one among few pioneers that truly mobilizes the revolutionary possibilities of the internet. The second function of being an AIWR volunteer is that I have the privilege of knowing my bright, earnest, and deeply compassionate 15 year old student. She has taught me much more than I could ever hope to impart to her. My family and friends know about this relationship in my life and they too are inspired by this young woman. I am simply grateful to have had this opportunity, and I look forward to more and more people being a part of this extremely relevant project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being an active participant in this grassroots, true to life, interwoven tapestry of learning, teaching and growing is a dream come home in my life. Women reaching out to touch other women beyond culture, creed and country lifts up my spirit, lightens my life and encourages my daughters and grand daughters by broadening what they know about relationships and ways they can participate globally with others. The bright light of women helping women shines into every darkness as we learn how to be global citizens.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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