The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) Wants to support 5,000 Afghan Women to continue their higher education in one of the neighboring countries. Through these scholarships, Afghan women will have the opportunity to study either in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Kyrgyzstan. The program targets explicitly those Afghan women who have been banned from studying in their home country since the end of December. BMZ Supports this program and spends approximately 7 million euros.
Svenja Schulze, Minister of Federal Development: “The Taliban’s policy is not only contemptuous of women, but also poisonous for the country’s development. Denying half the population educational opportunities robs the country of its future potential. Without well-educated women, there is no way out of hunger and poverty. They are also indispensable for the work of aid organizations. The Taliban must revoke the bans that exclude women. In any case, we will not stop looking for ways to support Afghan women. One way is to enable Afghan women who have fled to study in one of the neighboring countries. This gives the women the prospect of a decent job and a secure livelihood. And they can support their country in reconstruction as soon as the conditions in Afghanistan allow it again.”
Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, president of DAAD, continues, “For the people of Afghanistan, the situation is catastrophic. Young women in particular have been hit hard: It is hardly possible for them to participate in social life anymore. Since they have been excluded from universities, they also lack any academic training opportunities. The new scholarship program is, therefore, an important building block in enabling young women, together with our international partner organizations, to prepare for university and to support Afghan women refugees with bachelor’s and master’s scholarships at universities in the region.”
The new scholarship program’s main objective is to assist Afghan women students in Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan with their academic studies.
The Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, is one of the institutions receiving bachelor’s scholarships from the DAAD.
Afghan students from Kyrgyzstan are supported for a two-year master’s degree program at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in the city of Bishkek.
Through its partner organizations in Pakistan, the DAAD will provide four-year bachelor’s and two-year master’s scholarships, especially to Afghan women refugees.
The focused assistance provided to Afghan women is meant to aid in the formation of trained professionals who can progress learning and development in Afghanistan under the country’s new circumstances. By the end of 2027, the initiative is anticipated to assist more than 5,000 individuals. The DAAD also collaborates with Jesuit Worldwide Learning, the Asian University for Women, and the American University of Central Asia in addition to the UNHCR.
Women’s rights in Afghanistan have been severely curtailed ever since the Taliban retook control in the summer of 2021. By the end of 2022, women were no longer permitted to enroll in the nation’s colleges or work for non-governmental organizations. In order to create an internationally coordinated response, development minister Schulze originally froze German development assistance in Afghanistan.
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