Development cooperation

UN Women/ Opportunities for Young Afghan Feminists initiative phase II


Finland has participated in the development efforts in Afghanistan in the past 20 years. During that time the situation of women and childen in Afghanistan improved, maternal and child mortality halved and millions of people gained access in health, water and sanitation services. Also the freedom of speech and enabling environment of private sector improved. Development cooperation by the international community and Finland was suspended when Taliban conquered Afghanistan in 2021. Finland continues alleviating emergency of the Afghan people through humanitarian aid, and by supporting inclusion and basic needs and defending human rights. The human rights situation in Afghanistan is extremely concerning. The rights of women and girls and their status is in the society is a special concern. The human rights commission, supported previously by Finland, has been suspended and many human rights activists have fled the country. It is crucial that the UN continues monitoring the human rights and that human rights organizations have the possibility to operate in Afghanistan. Finland has traditionally highlighted the importance of human rights, and especially the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. Major investments in gender equality in Afghanistan over the last two decades created new opportunities and space for feminist action. This has included opportunities for young Afghan feminists who have played an important role in advancing gender equality both in their country and internationally. However, recent developments in Afghanistan have put these achievements and opportunities to build upon them at risk. Under the current critical circumstances, the MFA in collaboration with UN Women will offer the opportunity for a young Afghan feminist to develop experience and expertise in international level work in gender equality by contributing to promoting UN system-wide strategy for gender parity. Under this initiative UN Women will identify a young Afghan feminist to work to contribute to its mandate to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities. This joint initiative seeks to avoid losing the hard-won rights of women in Afghanistan. The project continues a joint initiative between the MFA and the UN Women in the Opportunities for Young Afghan Feminists initiative, which started in 2021.

Funding decision

70 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Human rights 100%

Funding channel

YK:n tasa-arvojärjestö



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