AUAF will soon open its doors to the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development. The Center will serve to coordinate international and Afghan efforts to advance the role of women in the nation’s economy. It will promote collaboration on women’s economic empowerment with academic, business, and government partners.
The Center is a 5,500-square-meter building, which houses computer labs, video conference facilities, radio broadcast studio, training and classrooms, research facilities, business accelerator, a 200-seat auditorium, the Laura W. Bush library and resource center and the Louis Berger Afghan Cultural Center. Its programs will foster lasting networks, raise public awareness, and coordinate knowledge management.
Beginning in June, the Center will host various conferences on Afghan women’s business leadership. The conferences will focus on regional exchange of expertise surrounding women’s economic development, confidence-building, and connecting Afghan women businesses with private and public sectors.
The Center has also partnered with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). Launched by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in partnership with the State Department and Seven Sisters Colleges, the Center will be the venue for the first WPSP initiative in Afghanistan. This special program will focus on emerging women leaders from throughout Afghanistan. The curriculum will teach critical leadership skills, such as constitutional and legislative drafting, negotiation techniques, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, networking, mentoring, and social media technology, providing a tool box to transcend challenges and expand boundaries for Afghan women. The program will launch in the fall 2013.