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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is one of the most inspiring, grass-roots organizations I've run across in recent years. I love the concept of connecting professional women in the U.S. with women in Afghanistan and other countries with oppressive or troubled regimes. With all the wasteful "noise" we experience in our lives by the inundation of media and communications devices, it's a relief to see an effective, scalable solution like this that empowers people to build a better future for women -- one on one being able to share meaningful skills and support from the safety of their own home or workplace.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is impressive what AIWR can do with a small donation. This organization puts all of its resources in to demonstrable action, with a current emphasis on teaching English language skills and professional mentoring for Women in Afghanistan. It's a well-managed organization with worthy goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked as an editor for the Alliance for International Women's Rights, and I have seen what their work to help women in Central Asia has done to empower and educate. I've observed the Alliance's role in getting help for abused women, helping to strengthen women's roles in government, and working for increased access to education for young women. Their work is difficult, demanding, and completely admirable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer English tutor with Alliance for International Women's Rights for the past two years. During this time I have worked twice a week with a young Afghan student and I feel that I have been the student. Shahira has taught me much about the culture and values of a country so foreign to myself. This friendship and I use the term respectfully as even though we have a very respectful professional relationship we always find time at the end of the lesson to enquire about each other's life with curiosity and genuine concern.

I have appreciated the support and encouragement that Alliance have provided to myself as a tutor and Shahira as a tutor so that our lessons continue on a successful course. Shahira is a diligent student who also volunteers her time each day providing her teaching knowledge and skills in young children in Khandahar. She has ambitions to study at university and advocate for change in her country so that girls have equal access to education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's rights in Afghanistan have suffered greatly in the past few decades. As an elementary teacher, I understand that something as fundamental as developing literacy and raising the level of education has large impacts on the individuals and the greater community.

Since 2009, I've been helping give back to a country that has lost access to those rights, working with women one-on-one through Skype. They are given the opportunity to practice and develop their English skills, gain and share new ideas in an ever-changing world. I, too, have also gained new insights through my volunteering position and have learned a lot about them and myself through this process.

The non-profit Alliance for International Women's Rights has been doing fantastic work, opening up opportunities for the women of Afghanistan who truly need and flourish off it. They are always looking for more participants and teachers; I would encourage women of all backgrounds to seek them out and support this noble initiative.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights offers a unique and wonderful way for women across the globe to support each other through long-distance volunteer programs. I have helped found and run the Alliance's long-distance English and Mentor Programs, which offer free, live, one-on-one English classes and mentoring sessions to Afghan women and girls. Twice a week, Afghan women and girls meet with a trained teacher or mentor via Skype for individualized English classes and mentoring sessions, designed to empower Afghan women and help them reach out to the international community for ideas, information, support and to help them share their experiences with the world.