Lead facilitator of the program “Mobilizing men to protect the rights of women, democracy and peace” at the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO)
What is peace?
Peace means women’s empowerment and access to education, as well as protection of women and women’s rights. For me, real peace is when there is no violence against women.
Why are women essential to peacebuilding?
If a woman is educated and aware of her rights, if she is empowered and protected from violence, I am convinced that she will contribute to the creation of community peacebuilders. For me, true peace is freedom from all violence against women.
Jamila Afghani lives in Kabul and is a teacher by profession. As part of her work, Jamila organizes and facilitates training sessions for imams and women, addressing a variety of issues such as building peace, conflict management, gender equality, human rights and the elimination of violence against women. NECDO’s work is firmly rooted in the belief that women’s empowerment builds peace and development.
Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO)
For 15 years, NECDO has focused on the empowerment of women and girls. From this experience, NECDO has concluded that men and young people must be mobilized in order to reach these objectives. NECDO’s activism is deeply rooted in the belief that the empowerment of women is needed in order to achieve social peace and development in Afghanistan. In January 2016, NECDO set up a project called “Mobilizing Afghan Men to Protect Women’s Rights, Democracy and Peace.” The main objective of this project is to improve the resilience of local communities, strengthen their cohesion and build their capacity for a peaceful transition, primarily by organizing activities to promote women’s rights.