Council on Global Relations

Council on Global Relations is especially delighted of our team for the launch of the Afghan Women’s Center (AWC).

In March of 2020 we launched the AWC project to celebrate the tremendous contribution the Women of Afghanistan have made and are still making toward enriching the culture, and communities of Afghanistan.

The rich history of Afghanistan, despite its recent struggles, is born on the equal strength of the nation’s women and men; and it is through this very strength and legacy that Afghanistan and its people have overcome adversity and hardship.

AWC celebrates the art and craft, business, and sciences and more profoundly, the family and spiritual and social contribution of women in the tapestry of Afghanistan. The center itself planned as a state of the art educational and conferencing center in the Taimani sector of Kabul.

The building is programmed as a nearly 30,000 square-foot new construction built on the ruin of decades of war, as a testament of resilience. CGR plans to work closely with alfa8 architecture and our team in Kabul to design a technology-driven modern space that educates and promotes and chronicles women’s achievement. Our preliminary due diligence budget for this project is set at $3.5 USD.

Programmatically, the space will contain large exhibit space, classrooms and light industry and fabrication labs, including 3D printing and fabrication studios, offices, and counseling spaces, as well as a performances and lecture hall for presentation.

PROGRAM

Lecture Hall
Conferencing Spaces
Classrooms
Studios
Light Industry Labs Fabrication
Gallery and Exhibit Space Market and Commerce

Café
Co-working spaces
Tele-Commerce
Weaving Studio
Design and Innovation
Offices
Tele Medicine Clinic

AWC Project Director

Dashna Bahman, Vice President of CGR

Dash brings exceptional leadership and commitment to the AWC project.  Her dedication to work and advocate on behalf of Afghan Women has been an exemplary benchmark for CGR.  AWC’s mission is now more important and relevant than ever before, considering the needs of displaced Afghan women and families.

Dash is a competitive, innovative, and proactive sales executive and business leader, with a track record of success in escalating sales, inspiring optimal performance, developing and cultivating strong interpersonal relationships, and establishing focused corporate programs that exceed objectives. She has over 15 years in real estate, finance, wealth management, asset management, business management, and investment.

In her free time, Dash is locally involved in her community, volunteering, fundraising, and supporting women, children, and families. Building strong and lasting relationships is at the core of who she is, always ensuring that she goes the extra mile to the people in her life, her clients, her community, and Afghanistan.

CGR’s Afghan Women’s Center (AWC) 

House #31, Karte Sakho, Besinde Kabul University
District #3 Kabul, Afghanistan
Office Phone: +93795868730

The AWC project team in Kabul Afghanistan is directed by Mr. Ayubzada, who works closely with CGR’s leadership and design team in Washington, D.C. Currently Mr. Ayubzada and his staff are providing indispensable support for the predevelopment and fundraising efforts of the AWC project. Mr. Ayubzada’s extensive experience working with UNDP and other Donors on the area of Women’s equity is a strong asset for CGR’s mission to bring balance and social justice and holistic empowerment for communities.

AWC Project Team in Kabul

Mr. Naeem Ayubzada

AWC Project Director
Kabul

Mr. Naeem Ayubzada

AWC Project Director
Kabul

Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada is an acclaimed social activist and a veteran election expert who has been working in Afghanistan since the year 2009, and is contemporarily leading several institutions including an election institute that works to heighten the level of institutional capacity within electoral institutions of Afghanistan. Mr. Ayubzada has represented the Afghan civil society in several international conferences including Brussel’s and Geneva’s conferences on Afghanistan where he expressed the challenges facing Afghan CSOs, and vocalized their achievements which resulted in increased support from the international community to the Afghan civil society. Down to his incredible accomplishments and efforts as a civil society activist, he was recognized as one of the most influential figures of 2019, and in 2020 he was recognized for his persistent work in combating corruption in Afghanistan and was thus acknowledged with the Anti­Corruption award by the UNDP.

Ms. Negina Yari

AWC Project Manager
Kabul

Ms. Negina Yari

AWC Project Manager
Kabul

Ms. Negina Yari is Program Officer at AWC. She born in 1986 in Ghor province of Afghanistan . She completed her high school in Kabul and graduated from Dunya University on BBA. Ms. Yari is also a civil society activist Education and Peace expert, who leads the Afghanistan Peace House, which advocates for women participation on peace negotiation, women empowerment, gender and education in Afghanistan. Ms. Yari has contributed to the Afghanistan civil society development in more than 10 years of her active work and engagement. have worked with a wide range of civil society stakeholders and INGOs, including the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium, Afghanistan Development Association, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, Afghanistan Peace House, Creative Associate International, Afghan Children Read USAID Funded Project, Afghanistan Culture House and Afghan Work Force Development USAID Funded Project.

Ms. Sughra Saadat

AWC Project Manager
Kabul

Ms. Sughra Saadat

AWC Project Manager
Kabul

Ms. Sughra Saadat is Program Officer AWC, Founder and teacher in ETPI. Ms. Saadat was born in 1983 in Afghanistan. She completed her high school in Kabul and graduated from political science college of Kabul University and she completed her master’s degree in International Relation at Kardan University. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Saadat worked in Alkawsar Training center as teacher of social science, focusing on training curriculum and teaching students on social science. In the same year, she was teaching illiterate elderly women to help them to read and write in Dari. In 2008 she worked as Head Master in Ufuq high school and focused on leading the teachers as well as coordinated educational policy with Ministry of Education. She is influent in Dari, English, and Pashtu with strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to engage in high level discussions.

AWC Team's Past Projects

Kabul, Afghanistan

Women Leadership Development Skills: Funded by the US Embassy, The project was executed in seven provinces, where trained hundreds of women including university students, civil society activists and government employees on women in political and social life, enhancing their leadership and management skills, gender mainstreaming, women legal status in Afghan laws and electoral process. Has used many of these trained women as electoral observers in elections. Grant amount $39,000

Women Culture Awareness: Funded by Friedrich-Ebert-Sifting (FES) in 2011, the project focused on women rights awareness in the context of Afghanistan’s culture. Marking mother’s day was part of this project. Under this project, five seminars were held in five provinces in order to identify existing cultural barriers for women in Afghan society and how these constrains impede their role in social life. The participants were housewives who had the opportunity to interact with each other by sharing experience and were briefed by trainers. Grant amount: $80,000

Coordination of Advocacy Efforts to Increase Women Political Participation: Funded by Democracy International (DI), organized five gatherings on coordination of advocacy efforts in 5 regions to increase women political participation, aiming to promote and increase women participation in the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections. Approximately 1200 people including the Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and its key staff, Second Deputy Speaker of the Upper House of Afghanistan’s National Assembly, government officials, embassies, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society organizations, political parties, women rights group and media representatives participated in the gathering that each urged for increased women participation in the upcoming election process. Grant amount: $52,000

Salaam Initiative Project: Funded by the Eurasian Foundation (EF) which women rights advocacy project that aims to enhance the capacity of Afghan civil society to protect and advance women’s rights in the context of the peace process currently underway. To that end, the project will have three main objectives: Objective One: Strengthen female civil society leaders’ and community activists’ capacity to design advocacy initiatives that address challenges facing women; Objective Two: Enhance communication and collaboration between female activists and local stakeholders on solutions to challenges facing women by supporting the implementation of advocacy initiatives; Objective Three: Foster robust networks among a broad group of women civil society leaders and government officials. Grant Amount: $194,016

Increasing Young Women’s Political Engagement in Afghanistan: Funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund, The objective of the project is to promote young women’s engagement in the electoral cycle and broader political processes. The project will organize four forums in four provinces of Afghanistan– Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kabul with participation of 240 women, and train them to hold dialogues with government officials to share women’s recommendations, conduct advocacy and awareness raising activities, support selected women to become candidates for upcoming elections. Grant amount : $180,000

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Sister Organizations and Strategic Institutions engaged by CGR for the AWC Project 

We are actively developing lasting and meaningful long term relationships with aligned institutions committed to empowering individuals and communities