Women in Government


Partner: US and Afghan Governments

Project Length: June 2015 – April 2020

“USAID Promote: Women in Government” is a joint commitment by the U.S. and Afghan governments that works to empower 75,000 women between the ages of 18 and 30, and help ensure these women are included among a new generation of Afghan political, business, and civil society leaders. Promote aims to empower women to become leaders alongside their male counterparts, and ensure they have the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed.

The project was designed to increase and advance the number of women in the Afghan civil service. In close coordination with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), USAID Promote: Women in Government aims to ensure women are represented at the highest levels of policy and decision-making in Afghan society and government. This component of Promote facilitates women’s entry into decision-making roles in government service, encourages policy reform within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) at both the national and regional levels, increases support for women in government, and establishes an internship program for high school- and college-level female students interested in working within government ministries.