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BCCIC Webinar – Groundtruths: Innovations and good practices in the empowerment of women

May 12 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am

Case Studies of the work of CW4WAfghan and Justice Education Society 

Join us to learn about the innovative work in the empowerment of women of two organizations, working in Afghanistan and Guatemala respectively. Presenters will share their case studies, lessons learned, and recommendations for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment drawn from the experience of implementing the programs highlighted in the case studies.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) works to advance education for Afghan girls, women and their families, and to engage Canadians in this effort. The case study that will be shared during the webinar is on their program Afghanistan Reads!  Afghanistan Lowalee! which responds to the exceptionally low literacy rates among Afghan women through a program that uses evidence from cutting edge literacy education research to develop literacy skills, promotes family literacy, and fosters independent, lifelong learning by combining literacy classes with small libraries for female adult literacy students. The program also supports teachers to improve literacy pedagogy and adopt librarianship practices into their teaching, and includes an intensive coaching program for literacy teachers focused on reading promotion. Further, it integrates life skills education across the curriculum, giving women access to practical, hands-on information relevant to their immediate needs, on topics such as First Aid, child health, nutrition, and rights.

Justice Education Society (JES) works to improve the capacity of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement authorities, to prevent and respond to violence against women. Through their Guatemalan Institutional Justice Strengthening project, they work to develop and strengthen tools and procedures for the immediate response to missing women; promote interdepartmental and multi-stakeholder coordination; and raise awareness on the Isabel-Claudina Alert for Missing Women. As a result of their work, a systematic response has been developed for cross-departmental coordination at a local level, institutions have become more responsive, and awareness is growing for the Isabel-Claudina Alert, which ultimately builds greater confidence in the justice system, empowering women to report gender-based violence.


About the Presenters

Murwarid Ziayee, CW4WAfghan Senior Director

Murwarid provides program management and maintains strong connections between the country office in Kabul and the Canadian Board of Directors. Prior to moving to Canada in 2018, she was CW4WAfghan’s Country Director in Kabul for seven years, managing the day-to-day operations, including monitoring, evaluation and reporting on our projects. Throughout her career, Murwarid has demonstrated deep knowledge and commitment to women’s rights in her country. She has worked with UNAMA as a National Gender Affairs Officer and National Human Rights Officer. She has worked closely with the Ministry of

Women’s Affairs and served in the Office of the President as Program Officer with a focus on analysis of women’s rights. Murwarid has a BA in Political Science and Law from Kabul University. She is a leader and advocate for women’s rights and the recipient of the CW4WAfghan Champion for Education Award (2015), in recognition of her many achievements, her dedication, knowledge and passion for advancing education for Afghan women and girls.

Dr. Lauryn Oates, CW4WAfghan Executive Director

Lauryn has spent her life advocating for the empowerment of women and girls, and working to make quality education accessible in conflict zones through her professional work in literacy education, teacher education and technology for education. She has worked with diverse agencies throughout the developing world on gender equality and education initiatives, including UNICEF, the Nike Foundation, USAID, Global Rights, Womankind Worldwide, and the World University Service of Canada, among others. She holds a PhD in language and literacy education from the University of British Columbia, and teaches graduate students at the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University. She has widely published in the Canadian and international media on human rights,

education, conflict and terrorism, frequently calling for internationalism and global citizenship.



Innovation and Good Practices in the Empowerment of Women

Case Studies of the work of CW4WAfghan and Justice Education Society

When: Tuesday May 12, from 1:00 – 2:00  pm (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free for BCCIC members, $30 for non-members.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqde2qpzsjGtOazpdemSgrnG69c_Lisg7W 


May 12
6:00 am - 7:00 am