Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR’s Prosperity Division is re-launching a program in Afghanistan that had been halted due to the unrest in the country. This program will mobilize women entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs to fight against local food insecurity, public health challenges and unemployment.
With the ever-changing situation in Afghanistan, women find it difficult to access learning opportunities. After consulting with local coordinators, UNITAR believes that the training is not only necessary but will be well received by beneficiaries.
“UNITAR has supported Afghan women for years. Many have been able to start their own businesses here thanks to these programs, ”explains a local coordinator. “As [organizations and businesses] are starting to reopen, these trainings are urgent and necessary.
Supported by the Government of Japan, the program will equip women entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to transform their ideas into self-sustaining businesses and projects. The training will enable women to play a role in their rapidly changing society and support the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will train participants on the full cycle of entrepreneurship, from idea to market. It will include self-paced online lessons and a self-directed project. Participants will also participate in webinars and peer discussions, and will benefit from coaching and mentoring. The program will also connect participants with experts and networks from Afghanistan and around the world.
When the program was initially opened for applications in July 2021, more than 150 applicants had been accepted. UNITAR hopes they will all join, now that the learning can begin.