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04 June 2019

Impact Evaluation of Women for Women International’s Economic and Social Empowerment Programme in Afghanistan: An Evidence Brief

Additional Info

  • VAWG themes: VAWG & Economic Empowerment
  • Country: Afghanistan
  • Project: Women for Women International Trial - Afghanistan

For over 40 years, Afghanistan has experienced ongoing conflict and insecurity. This insecurity has increased in recent years, exacerbating household poverty and further entrenching women’s subordinate position in the home [1, 2]. Afghanistan remains a deeply patriarchal and heteronormative society with strict codes of gender segregation and policing of women’s mobility and sexuality. Women’s economic autonomy is severely limited and many women experience intimate partner violence (IPV). The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in 2018, conducted nationally, found that in the past year half (49.6%) of married women in Afghanistan had experienced physical IPV, and two-thirds (69.7%) had been stopped from working outside the home [2].

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