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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

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.