Salaam Initiative


The Salaam Initiative is a women’s rights advocacy project that strengthens the capacity of Afghan civil society to protect and promote women’s rights in the context of the ongoing peace process. This 18-month program is funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State. 

The Salaam Initiative equips Afghan civil society leaders and community activists to elevate women’s rights by improving their advocacy and leadership skills. The project supports advocacy initiatives grounded in communities’ self-identified needs. Emphasis is placed on leadership and negotiation skills to enable participants to engage with critical actors at the local and national levels. 

EF applies its proven adult learning strategies to lead a series of online and in-person trainings in leadership, multi-stakeholder engagement, and advocacy planning. Trainings incorporate practical examples with real-life assignments. EF’s local partner, the Afghanistan Peace House, also hosts in-person sessions to augment online courses. Workshops culminate in a period of customized coaching to support the implementation of advocacy campaigns. In addition to providing individual support, the program also facilitates ongoing collaboration among diverse groups with shared interests, producing a robust network of women’s rights advocates throughout Afghanistan. 

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