UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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UN Women Afghanistan

Today, more than 57 per cent of the population lives within a one-hour walk of a health facility, enabling many Afghans to seek medical attention. Since 2003, the number of trained midwives present at birth has more than tripled, reducing maternal mortality rates from 1,600 deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2002 to 396 in 2015. The fertility rate has also reduced dramatically, sitting at 5.1, a rate that drops even further to 2.8 for women with higher levels of education. The cost of accessing healthcare, however, is a huge burden for many Afghan families, and out of reach for many others, which has a close relationship with the neglect of women’s access to health.

Afghanistan is one of the youngest countries in the world, with 63 per ccent of its population aged under 24 and 400,000 new workers estimated to be entering the workforce every year for the next decade. More than 8 million students are enrolled in school, including more than 2.5 million girls, however, the regular targeting of girls attending the school, continued stigma against girls’ education, and increasing influence of violent extremism is posing increased challenges.

For the current planning cycle of 2013-2017, significant transitional events will occur within the political and security arenas that could negatively impact women if interventions are not made to ensure their active participation. Ensuring women’s participation in elections, peace negotiations, and overall engagement in governance and government at national and subnational levels will help preserve gains made to date and create resiliency in those institutions responsible for Afghanistan’s gender agenda. Read more



Over the course of four-days, 80 women from every province in Afghanistan will come together to brainstorm and build solutions to the ongoing obstacles that prevent women from engaging in public dialogue about peace from the local to national level, such as lack of technology, literacy, and access to resources. In doing so, the Hackathon will: (1) empower women to rapidly learn, test new skills, and gain valuable experiences; (2) build networks of women to share key industry insights regarding the means that best suit them to express their views; (3) create pipelines that equip women with opportunities and mentors so they can put their ideas into practices; and (4) generate solutions that bring together the voices of women who are not always in the spotlight.


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