This city has a rich history, having been founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC but decades of war have made things very difficult for the ordinary people living there today.
Life is unbelievably tough for most people in Afghanistan and especially for women there, who often find themselves needing to be breadwinners for their families whilst simultaneously fulfilling the domestic roles that traditional society expects of them.
Khadija Kubra women’s association gives hope to the women of Kandahar by providing an education in things like computer and media studies which help enable them to participate more fully in the modern workplace.
Merman Radio, is a sister organization to KHADIJA KUBRA. It provides a voice for local youth, especially women and is a forum for the discussion of the educational, economic and social issues which affect them.
Both Merman Radio and KHADIJA KUBRA are led by Maryam Durani, a brave visionary and elected council member in Kandahar.
In 2012, Ms. Durani won the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award and is listed by the Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
It seems to me that universal education is really the only thing that will lift places like Afghanistan out of the awful situation they find themselves in at present. Eventually it may also bring about the international understanding and tolerance needed to make our world the peaceful and harmonious place all of our kids deserve.
If you’re of a mind to help this process, I think Khadija Kubra Women’s Association would be very worthy of your support.
The Red Elephant Foundation’s activities are chunked down into five key blocks: Storytelling: In the long term, we hope to shift mindsets and pivot people naturally towards equality, peace and non-violence. This change can come only by making lasting impact through information. We curate stories of survivors, change-makers and peace-workers around the world so that these stories inspire action, empathy and awareness of the world around us. It is about putting a name and a face to the world’s many statistics. The stories we tell are curated on our home page. Education & Sensitization: While our stories remain online and paint portraits of reality, we make them actionable by building curriculums to address issues of gender inequality, violence in communication and action, and to address the need for sensitization around gender based violence. These curriculums are tailor-made to suit each demographic’s needs, and are then used to conduct training sessions at schools, colleges, community groups and work places. Our education programs are curated on our ChalkPeace Microsite. Tech For Good: While our goals of storytelling and education/sensitization are couched in the long-term, we also understand the imminent need for assistance, sensitized help and qualitative support for survivors of violence. This encouraged the birth of an online tech-based tool that maps organizations providing legal, medical, resource, education/employment help and police, ambulance and consular services across 196 countries in the world. Our GBV Help Map can be found on this platform. Digital Advocacy: The themes of peace and gender equality are not issues in isolation, but have myriad inter-relationships through intersections with race, religion, language, colour, social situations and much more. No dialogue around gender equality or peace is complete without accounting for these factors. We curate campaigns for awareness on various themes using digital media. These campaigns serve a two-pronged strategy: online stakeholding and awareness, and offline dialogue building and exchange. Some campaigns include: More than my Body and Break a Gender Stereotype. We also participate in the 16 Days of Activism against VAW and He For She. Research: Driven by the need to inform our activism, we have an active research and development wing that addresses specific and pressing questions under gender equality and peace that tie in with the law across the world, policies across the world, and psycho-social impacts and needs. We have dedicated teams that examine themes and publish white papers, backgrounders and information every quarter. These papers are curated here. We believe and endorse the vision and mission of Khadija Kubra because we firmly believe that peace and gender equality cannot be attained unless we all join hands and collaborate.
Asifa Afghan 17 years old ( able to work on a computer now) As a kid, I was extremely interested in designing logos and fliers. House of Learning made my dreams come true. I learnt making logos and fliers by attending computer classes of House of Learning center.
Najmia Anwari 11 years old (not able to read an English text) Before of enrolling here I could not read an English text, talk to people by English. Since studying here, I am able to read, write and talk in English language.
Rejna Ahmadi 15 years old ( Got the right path in Islam) My consideration about Islam was truly decreased. But, by getting part in holy Quran classes of House of Learning center I realized who a Muslim is?. I knew about many things in my religion like; history of Islam, right of women, true ways of performing Islamic regulations.
Qadria khaliqi 17 years old (source full library) By coming to this Center I got a reliable source for getting information by accessing to the source full library of BiBi Ayesha- Sediqa. Now I can get true information about different issues specially those which are given as assignments in school. And I feel lucky by having such source full library for girls in our province.
SISTAENABLE is a world wide movement promoting gender equality. Our purpose it to connect and unite the global society of strong women and quality men who have dedicated themselves to enhance equality for all. Our mutual symbol for our cause, is the hand sign of W for “Women Will”, that peacefully signals the world that the sistaenable support unites us all as ONE. Sistaenable = sustainable. As the founder of SISTAENABLE I must say, that Khadija Kubra Association is one of the most successful organizations we partner with – I am very impressed with the constant growth their creativity furthers. I believe this success is based on the two most important aspects in creating any kind of growth:
1. A burning soul that believes in gender justice and also sees how a gender equal society benefits all, because gender equal societies have higher social, humanitarian and economic standards, and therefor they dedicate their life to passionately bring society towards this goal – with a strong but gentle passion that spreads the vibes to everyone engaged, no matter what the level is,
2. and the anthropological understanding of what it takes to move a society from within – the most important way to create the sense of ownership for individual and mutual growth, and the only way to implement change to be ever lasting. Khadija Kubra is indeed a living example of this achievement, as they are proving constant progress, in a region of the world that is under constant pressure against this – not an easy job!
Thank you Khadija Kubra, for all your sistaenable efforts in reaching women with such a diversity, ensuring your ability to eventually reaching every little corner, giving every female a chance.
House of Learning which is the only learning center that is for women and is managed by women, it is one of those learning centers that has brought a very positive change is Afghan girls educational section . Many girls come to this center for seeking modern education with a great confident as it has provided a very sure space for learning.
Shabnam Manati 21 years old, an English Language instructor in Kandahar.
The Khadija Kubra Association has spearheaded the education and development of women in Kandahar. By giving women the power to manage the resources, conduct training activities, create spaces for skills development and networking, channelling the different modes of communication and media, the organization has overcome monumental challenges to improve the lives of women in this war-torn country and is an example of how women can help achieve Afghanistan’s economic and sustainable development goals.
13 years of experience as writer-journalist – worked in India and Australia.
“If we become a doctor, a doctor needs to write prescriptions for the patient by English — not Dari or Pashto. We need more female doctors because Afghans, their womans, they hide their face or then they don’t want a male doctor exactly. They want to be treated by female doctors. Therefore, we need for female doctors.”