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Alliance For International Women's Rights

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Women, Womens Studies

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 and Mentor Programs to approximately 55 women and girls. Since 2005, AIWR has provided its program to over 400 women and girls.

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 education, 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.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent program with invested staff and tutors. I highly recommend AIWR for anyone wanting to help women in other countries succeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding volunteer organization. The teachers who volunteer their time are talented English language teachers working all over the world. All of them are not only excellent teachers, but also generous and selfless professionals who are dedicated to helping other women improve their lives and their communities. It is inspiring to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for over a decade and have witnessed the positive impact that the programs have on the lives of the participants. I am inspired by the dedication and courage of the students and mentees as they achieve job promotions, are accepted into advanced degree programs, and are hired by international organizations due in part to the guidance and instruction of their mentors and teachers. It’s a pleasure to be associated with this well-organized, supportive, and impactful organization that empowers women in a country where it is very challenging to be an educated, professional woman.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an AIWR volunteer mentor and teacher for almost a decade, I am privileged to walk with courageous Afghan girls and women who are committed to empowerment despite many cultural challenges. The very essence of the program builds cross-cultural relationships that nurture an enriched understanding of issues affecting women. Working with my students is humbling, enlightening and rewarding whether they are in high school or a medical doctor returning to university for an advanced degree. The AIWR staff is consistently supportive of mentors, teachers, and students. It’s a pleasure to be associated with this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always feel so fortunate and blessed for seizing the opportunity to connect with AIWR and some of its phenomenal and dedicated mentors almost a decade ago. Over the years, I have learned so much through AIWR’s Mentor Program. The program has significantly helped me improve my career and advance my education. I am so grateful for all the things I have learned from AIWR’s mentors. Especially, I’d like to thank my long-time mentor, Gayle Zilber, for all her tireless efforts, patience, dedication, and encouragement. Also, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to Lisa Herb for establishing such an amazing organization and her motivation to empower women in Afghanistan and other developing countries. I have seen firsthand positive impacts of AIWR’s programs on women’s life in Afghanistan. I am very proud that I played a small role in identifying and introducing some great mentees to the Mentor Program, and I’d always be willing and happy to support and assist AIWR’s programs in any way I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for two years. It is run by a small and extremely well-organised and dedicated team of professionals who are a pleasure to work with. I have weekly classes with a member of the judiciary and it is a real honour to assist her with her English studies. She is highly intellligent and conscientious student who progresses quickly. I have learned a great deal from my AIWR experience and strongly recommend the organisation. Charlotte

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on the legal programme for over a year and it is a marvellous experience. My student is a dedicated member of the judiciary and she is both extremely bright and diligent, a real pleasure to teach. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her and to continue to develop my online teaching skills and legal and cultural knowledge. AIWR as an organisation is highly professional in its operations and my colleagues are wonderful. I just wish I had found them sooner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer teacher in AIWR for more than five years now. The coordinators are very helpful, and their work is so valuable. Throughout years, I've learned so much from my students. It's wonderful to be a part of AIWR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is a great non-profit organisation which helps women all over the world, with a current focus on Afghanistan. I am honoured to be a volunteer English teacher. Every week, I learn something new from my student, and I am more than happy to help her improve her language. If you want to put your skills into use, contact AIWR. The directors and coordinators are always there to help us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that connects women across the globe to provide assistance and mentorship.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about AIWR while browsing for English teaching vacancies, and although I've only been a part of the program for a month now, it's clear that the girls and women involved in the program are fiercely dedicated to bettering lives and empowering themselves. The opportunity that AIWR provides to girls through KIMS in Kandahar opens a whole new world for learners, one in which they happily and fully immerse themselves. I believe this really is great and life-changing work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for AIWR for several years now and am so grateful for the opportunity to help empower young females in Afghanistan. These girls are brilliant and so hungry to learn and be educated. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of their journey. The Alliance For International Women's Rights is such a fantastic organzation. I applaud their gracious efforts in helping to change the world, one female at a time. AIWR provides all of the tools and instruction necessary for anyone who would like to volunteer in this way. If you are comitted to helping the female population learn English and empower them to use their voices to elicit change in their communities AIWR is a perfect place to begin. Lesley LaMarche, AIWR volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tangible results the AIWR program produces are as astounding as the interpersonal connections and cross-cultural dialogue that accrue from the women's mentorship program. My mentee, Ms. Hakim, was recently selected as the first female Division Chair of Afghanistan's Citizens' Charter National Priority Program, leading the gender division for Citizen Charter development programs country-wide. She is the first women chosen as a Division Chair, and among the youngest Chairs currently serving. As a Division Chair she works directly with the Presidential Palace and over 10,000 local councils in Afghanistan to support gender parity and inclusion in infrastructure projects. Ms. Hakim in part attributes her success in the competitive selection process to her weekly professional English proficiency sessions. The joy and satisfaction in following stories like hers and playing a role in promoting her empowerment is just incredible! I'm glad Davis Wright Tremaine's Project W has become involved in AIWR.

Scarlett C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AIWR began 13 years ago when I had the amazing opportunity to serve as an in-country volunteer with a partner in Mongolia. Since then, I have been a volunteer staff member, taking on different roles over the years to support our programs. I am honored to be part of this organization, and my experience has been incredibly positive, fulfilling, and life-changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AIWR for 10 years, and it's been an amazing part of my life. I am honored to work with so many incredible volunteers to support women and girls in Afghanistan and Nepal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AIWR has been nothing but positive since I joined in 2015. My mentees have been motivated, enthusiastic, and a delight to teach. As a teacher, it's a joy to construct lessons that are relevant to my students' careers and daily lives, especially knowing that they can draw on our sessions as they progress in their careers and bring progress and positivity to their communities. The program directors are always at the ready to support mentors and mentees alike with their insight and resources. I have nothing but the best to say about AIWR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AIWR for 3 years, almost as long as I've been an ESL teacher, and I can't think of a better way to use my skills. AIWR's program coordinators are nothing short of phenomenal. I have experienced personally how well they harmonize a legion of moving parts with grace and warmth. I truly feel connected to the AIWR team despite working remotely from home. The women in Afghanistan I have had the distinct honor of working with are a constant inspiration to me. I always look forward to my sessions with them, especially knowing that our time together will have a direct, positive impact on their local and regional communities. AIWR's dedication to its mission sets a high standard for all involved and makes it a pleasure for us to aspire to it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having retired from being a full-time ESL teacher for 40 years, I chose to continue teaching as a volunteer. About 3 years ago, I started teaching for AIWR. It is an excellent organization with clear goals, well-organized staff, and a commitment to providing educational opportunities to Afghan women. The women I have tutored have been eager to learn English, continue their education, and empower other Afghan women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for nearly three years, and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot recommend AIWR highly enough!

Elizabeth F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach English as a Second Language. I started doing this five years ago after spending twenty years practicing law in Canada. Since then, I have taught in China and now Saudi Arabia. I tutor a woman in Afghanistan who works in the legal system. My background allows me to help her improve her English. But I also try to pick readings that allow her to develop her ability to analyze different readings in English and look for deeper meaning in the text. I am always energized by our time together and I am amazed at her courage in taking on such a role in her country. I would never have made the connection with her without AIWR. My volunteering takes two hours per week total including preparation time - it really is quite easy for me to do. But I believe my volunteering with AIWR has the potential to have incredible impact on her life and on her ability to have an impact on women's rights in Afghanistan. A few hours here and there can make a big difference in the life of a woman in a less developed country.

Laycee G.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an organization! I started following this nonprofit years ago when a dear friend of mine started volunteering for them. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that until then I had no idea what kid of challenges and struggles that the women of Afghanistan face on a daily basis. The AIWR is helping these women and their communities in big ways. I can only hope that they continue to thrive in years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with AIWR is interesting and engaging - I've made new professional women colleagues in Afghanistan and become more aware of women's rights issues and access to legal careers in the region, while supporting my mentee - a woman law professor of human rights - in publishing her novel journal article about the rapidly developing commercial dispute resolution landscape in the country. Positive interactions and substantive volunteer work, it's a rewarding experience that develops everyone involved to a higher level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been following this nonprofit for a while now and it does great work for women of Afghanistan!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for AIWR for years now, and I've learned so much about online teaching and learning thanks to them! The coordinators are always there to help us when there is a problem.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assisting women and girls through AIWR is totally worthwhile and incredibly rewarding. Next month marks 10 years for me. Fabulous journey - wonderful people. I recommend getting involved!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.