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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 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.

Community Stories

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for AIWR for more than two years now. It is a great organisation that supports women and helps them have awareness about their rights. I learn a lot from my students, and the coordinators are always there to help. Becoming a part of AIWR is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is definitely a life-changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer English teacher with AIWR for three years and it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done! Apart from helping one woman learn and grow I have made great friends in a culture I would not have encountered any other way. It's definitely a two way street!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Alliance For International Women's Rights for about 6 months, and have had a wonderful experience so far! They are dedicated and always willing to answer questions from their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR offers Afghan and Nepali women a unique opportunity to take advantage of English lessons and professional mentoring safely and effectively. AIWR screens its volunteers very carefully to make sure that they have the appropriate professional credentials and cultural sensitivities necessary for working in Afghanistan and Nepal. The educational and cultural exchanges that take place through AIWR and its partners organizations are nothing short of miraculous. Peace and cultural understanding through one-on-one educational programming. We all learn from each other to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding and innovative organization, and I love being a part of it as a volunteer teacher. AIWR is breaking down barriers by using Skype to bring Afghan women directly into contact with teachers and mentors outside of Afghanistan. It's not only the students who benefit; as a teacher, I'm learning so much as well! I love spending time each week "in" Afghanistan and learning about this country directly from the women who live there. Thank you, AIWR, for this rewarding opportunity!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hundreds of women students of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS) have been trained in English language, communications and leadership skills since the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR) partnered with KIMS in 2008. AIWR matches women at KIMS to skilled professionals in developed countries including the United States who wish to use their skills and experience to further women’s education. The skills that women in particular obtain from the KIMS-AIWR education program help them enhance their roles in Kandahar’s communities, increase their participation in social, political and business activities, and improve their political and socio-economic standing within Kandahar’s deeply conservative society. After women graduate from KIMS-AIWR programs, their capabilities and skills allow them to make independent decisions, secure better employment and provide the key necessities of life not just for themselves, but for their communities and families as well. In return, women have an increased role and influence in both social and political life in society.

The skills taught by AIWR professionals greatly improve KIMS’ women students’ leadership, confidence-building, public speaking, critical thinking, and employment prospects. The model that KIMS-AIWR utilizes is both simple and effective – it is a technologically savvy, internet-enabled, community managed, and within Kandahar’s existing cultural and traditional values. It is supported by a wide range of international volunteers. Support from AIWR volunteers allows the institution to access modern education such as online courses, innovative ideas and technologies. These technologies and the cross-cultural interactive environment helps women in Kandahar obtain hope through interaction with other likeminded students, teachers and people, both inside and outside Afghanistan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the English Language Program Director for AIWR, and I cherish every opportunity I have to contribute to the educational goals of this amazing organization. Students, teachers, coordinators, and directors are all equally committed to high-quality educational exchanges and meaningful international and interpersonal connections at AIWR. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this amazing organization, and I truly believe that the meaningful connections we are forging are life-changing for everyone involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great honor to work as English Language Program Director for AIWR since January, 2013. I am continually amazed by the courage and motivation of the Afghan girls and women who study English with our volunteer teachers, and I'm constantly impressed by our teachers' dedication and commitment to the program. We have all learned from each other that education and international understanding are key to making our world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer teacher for AIWR since 2011, and an English-program coordinator since 2014. My student in Kandahar, Afghanistan and my fellow coordinators have given me knowledge that fundamentally changed me. The program is set up so that with only volunteer coordinators and teachers, dozens of young women in Kandahar are able to learn English each year. The relationships formed between students and teachers are precious and every time, reported as life-changing. AIWR proves that non-profits can be efficient, run on an incredibly low budget, and make a massive impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fairly new volunteer with AIWR having just joined the teaching/mentor team a few months ago. Since then I have been truly touched and inspired not only by the AIWR team but also by the students I work with. It is truly an invaluable exchange of culture and language. AIWR has made it possible for women all over the world to connect, share, and learn in such a positive and uplifting environment. Though the staff is spread out, they are always attentive to all my concerns and questions and have offered help and support whenever I need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AIWR for almost seven years now, and it has consistently been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much from the senators and women's rights attorneys who participated in AIWR's Mentor Program, while enjoying the feeling of being useful to them. Witnessing their increasing professional mastery and success over the years has been very rewarding, whether seeing them get hired by leading international women's rights organizations or accepted into competitive LL.M. scholarship programs in the U.S. But most valuable to me has been the increased understanding and friendships formed over the years of working together. Lisa Herb has created a truly amazing organization, offering so many opportunities to empower the women of Afghanistan while increasing international understanding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Simply put, the Alliance for International Women's Rights changes women's lives for the better. An incredibly dedicated staff of volunteer experts commit their time and energy to help women in Afghanistan reach their potential against all odds in a dangerous and unforgiving environment. Recently, over 40% of the Afghan women in the program found jobs or scholarships. The program also helps to break down the cultural barriers between Americans and Afghans in a way that builds trust and long-term friendships. It is really a stunning example of how people can make a real, important difference in this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AIWR is a fantastic organisation helping women and girls in the modern world. The staff work incredibly hard offering support, assistance and answering questions with a swift prompt turnaround. They are very approachable and friendly.
I have been working with the organisation for a couple of months as an English tutor. I thoroughly enjoy working with this organisation. I cannot recommend this organisation highly enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is an amazing organization run by people who are passionate about ensuring that all women have a voice. I am a volunteer--mentor/english teacher with AIWR and I have loved every minute of my work. The staff who run AIWR are supportive, kind and always willing to assist with whatever is needed . Questions are answered promptly and although we (volunteers) work from our respective homes, I think we still feel very connected to the organization. More importantly, I am amazed and humbled by the strength, determination and spirit of my student mentee and the many other women and girls who participate in this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR does great work by connecting willing and capable volunteers with female students who are eager to learn. My experience as a volunteer over these last 8 months has been truly rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AIWR as an English tutor. The program is a truly unique, yet much-needed, way to use language teaching as a bridge across cultures. I loved my student who showed me how spirited and lively women in far-reaching places can be and I looked forward to our weekly meetings. The staff at AIWR is also amazing - you can really see how dedicated and passionate they are about the organization and its objectives. In particular, I really appreciated that everything was laid out, bare-bones, and that anything potentially difficult was addressed head-on. This is a wonderful organization with fantastic people on both sides.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is a powerful example of how one person can truly change the world. Its founder, Lisa Herb, has worked tirelessly for years to help connect Afghan women and girls, as well as others from throughout Central Asia, to their Western counterparts in the USA and Canada. Thanks to her and the dedicated team of Alliance volunteers, countless young women have now had the opportunity to safely connect with teachers and mentors half a world away through the Internet. The Alliance's work is invaluable - and a shining example for any one else who longs to make our world a better, safer place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So many people talk about their desire to change the world. My sister, Lisa Herb, is actually doing it. After spending years working and traveling throughout Central Asia, Lisa was determined to help women in that region improve their worlds. Despite being a busy wife, mother and attorney, she still found time to create and run the Alliance for International Women's Rights (www.aiwr.org), which is dedicated to furthering women's rights throughout Central Asia, and primarily Afghanistan. The beauty of the Alliance is it safely connects Afghan women with their Western counterparts by utilizing Skype and the Internet for the majority of their training and mentoring programs. I hope you'll take the time to explore the powerful work being accomplished by the Alliance, and learn what one woman with one computer can do to change her world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AIWR a few years ago while I was living in South Korea. I had been looking for a way to use my ESL teaching skills to volunteer and I thought AIWR was too good to be true when I found out about it. With the time difference between Afghanistan and Korea, it was perfect. I developed a really great relationship with my student and was really heartbroken when my personal life prevented me from continuing. AIWR is a fantastic non-profit organization providing so many opportunities for young girls in Afghanistan.
I hope that when I finish grad school next spring I'll be able to find some time in my schedule to volunteer again.

SusanBlack

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights has a theme of helpfulness and action. It's primary focus is to encourage women to become educated in mind and body. I was invited to volunteer as an English teacher but was teaching in a remote location in China, with no access to the Internet. In the meantime, I have caught up with their action and love everything this non-profit organization represents. I'm sure the orchestrators would be grateful to have more volunteers with open hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered through AIWR from 2011 to 2013 and I cannot recommend this organization enough. It is truly the perfect example of how an NGO should operate: A dedicated and compassionate staff who are committed to making a difference and who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of many Afghan women. I am so amazed and impressed by their level of professionalism, their support, and their care, and their willingness to dedicate time and energy to the many projects that they offer with limited outside funding. I am so honored and grateful to have work for such an outstanding organization.
I cannot recommend this organization enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic non-profit organization! I can't recommend it enough and am so grateful to be working with such a wonderful and supportive staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an English teacher with AIWR for three months in 2012 which was an incredible experience for me. I enjoyed teaching my student twice each week in Afghanistan, and learnt more of her culture as we shared not only the lessons, but aspects of our daily lives, cooking, recipes, holiday trip experiences etc. My student herself is a teacher and so the language that I was able to share with her will be shared with other women. Although I have needed to stop volunteering for the moment, she still calls me for a chat which is really rewarding.
Sometimes we experienced challenges like the line going down all the time, and difficulties for her to connect, but she patiently overcame these problems to concentrate on her language structure and pronunciation, which was very hard for her. We came a long way in a short time I felt.