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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director of AIWR, I feel compelled to give a review of five stars to all the amazing volunteers who work so hard to run AIWR and to support our programs. Every single day I am impressed by and grateful for the tireless dedication, talent and immense generosity of the individuals who oversee and manage AIWR's English and Mentor Programs and administrative functions. Several of AIWR's core staff have generously volunteered with AIWR for well over ten years and have helped AIWR serve over 400 women and girls in Afghanistan, Nepal, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. It is always such a huge privilege and honor to work with the AIWR team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an AIWR volunteer ESL teacher for about 10 months. It's been great! I help a doctor in Afghanistan practise her English, and I feel that I've learned so much from her as well. She's extremely hardworking and a very interesting person. I also have nothing but praise for AIWR coordinators and other volunteers- everyone I've spoken to from this organization is very caring and dedicated. I heartily recommend anyone to be involved with this nonprofit in any way that they can!

1 Kimmy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with AIWR in 2016 and have had nothing but a positive experience. As an ESL professional for well over a decade, I have worked with hundreds of students, but the connection that I made with my student through this organization was so special. We worked on grammar and writing, etc, but we shared life experiences and developed a wonderful connection and still catch up with one another from time to time.
I have just started to work as a mentor for a different aspect of this non-profit and I anticipate the same experience. This is because the organization and the communication from the staff at this organization help to make taking part in their organization extremely easy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an ESL Volunteer for a mentee for a little over six months now and really feel good about this organization. I spent time in the Middle East and have some familiarity of some of the challenges women face there. I'm thrilled to be helping bring English education to those who can use it to rise above those challenges and achieve great things. With some non-profits, it's difficult to tell how much of a difference you're making, but I see it every week when I talk to my mentee. It's been great fun getting to know her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this organization has opened my eyes to the work needed to improve gender equity in Afghanistan and across the world. This nonprofit makes "on the ground" work possible and connects people across oceans. As someone passionate about international women's rights, it's challenging to find opportunities and AIWR makes that possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for 1 year and it has been unbelievably rewarding. The woman I work with has taught me so much about Afghan culture and I've enjoyed helping my mentee learn English grammar through our weekly sessions. This organization has given me and my mentee continual support and guidance and ultimately is improving access to women who need it the most.

1 Sarah M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer online English tutor with this organisation though it’s collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar. The opportunity to connect with young Afghan women from here in Australia , providing them with English classes on Skype and valuable female mentorship, is nothing short of extraordinary. Through numerous technical and logistical issues, the students are motivated and engaged. The administration of the program runs smoothly both in Afghanistan and from the USA / Canada, and is robust and well-resourced. Teachers are also well supported in what can be a challenging role. I can’t recommend AIWR highly enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for three months. I have a very busy schedule working full time and taking care of my three little children and it might seem that this volunteering position would cause difficulties in my life. However, that is not true at all. On a personal level, it helped me feel like I was doing something valuable and important and giving back to the society. I enjoyed every moment of classes with my Nepali student. I feel like I learned as much from her as she did from me. It was an amazing experience and I would love to volunteer for AIWR as long as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Coordinator for AIWR's English Program for nearly 2 years. I've worked with the English programs in both Afghanistan and Nepal. I am inspired every day working with such a talented and dedicated group of women - both on the volunteer side and the student side. I am so grateful to be part of this incredible group of women. AIWR is truly making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taught English as a Second/Foreign Language for 40+ years and am now "retired." My life is at the point where I can "give back," and I am very selective as to where I will volunteer. My first choice is AIWR - it is an organization which is devoted to making the world a better place by helping women to better themselves, their families, communities, and countries. I currently tutor Afghan girls. Having been in Afghanistan in the early 70's and being aware of the current political situation, I appreciate the cultural sensitivity AIWR demonstrates in its activities. AIWR is an organization worthy of supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit working with women around the world. I am a volunteer mentor for them. They are responsive and helpful. I will work for them as a volunteer forever@

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much as a volunteer for AIWR! The students are inspiring as they overcome so many challenges in life. It definitely gives me perspective. They have helped me to be a better teacher. I only hope I can help them pursue their goals in some small way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with them for the past three months and it has been phenomenal. I feel like I am making a real impact in the life of a woman who is trying her best to overcome the circumstances she faces in her country. I know the volunteer work I am doing with them is making a difference and is needed. The organization itself is very responsive to any issues that arise and the staff has been beyond helpful when I have required it. I am so proud to be associated with this organization and it's helping me grow as a person as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer English teacher since February and I am proud to work alongside these amazing people in the organization. We have Skype sessions twice a week. The students learn English while discussing everyday topics, such as work, chores, likes and dislikes, and general experiences. We also learn about each other's cultures. AIWR gives them the opportunity of getting to know other countries and ways of living (I've joined from Argentina!), and the girls are eager to learn! The experience so far has been incredible, as I have been able to interact with wonderful young women from Afghanistan who have shown me how important it is to fight for your future no matter the odds. AIWR is a professional, well-organized non-profit which helps to make a positive difference in the world. I'm so glad to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer ESL teacher with AIWR in collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar, Afghanistan since January 2017. This is an excellent non-profit run by a passionate, highly organised staff with a clear and pressing goal; to connect women and girls across the world in the advancement of global womens' rights, one relationship at a time. The program is conceptually robust, culturally sensitive and gives much to both teachers and students. I give them my full recommendation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Alliance for almost two years. I treasure the contact with the young women I've tutored. My third student is an appellate court judge. I am inspired by her. I look forward to our tutorials/conversations every week. I am in the position of learning far more than the student. The Alliance is an amazing organization.