Enhancing Local Governance

One of the major problems Afghanistan faces today is the failure of the government to provide services to its citizens on a fair, transparent and accountable basis. Low capacity compounded by rampant corruption sours the relationship between the government and its citizens. As numerous sources from Transparency International to Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) have documented corruption as a major problem that is getting steadily worse. UNDP and EPD jointly work Read More…


Geneva Donor Conference on Afghanistan

On November 11th, 2020 the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul, in collaboration with Afghan Women Peace and Freedom Organization (AWPFO), EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD), NCA, UN Women, and UNAMA, held a half day gathering on the topic of “Humanizing Women’s Rights in Peace and War”. A total of 12 women joined the event from different provinces to share their views in two panel discussions on; Panel 1: Women’s rights from Islamic perspective, and in the light of national and International laws, Panel 2: Rural women’s challenges and Read More…


Another Step Towards Economic Independence – Five Small Business Centres for Women Entrepreneurs are opened in Bamyan Province

EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD) with support of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC) provided 220 women entrepreneurs in Bamyan with vocational training in different skills. Three different courses were designed to meet the demands of the local market in Bamyan— tailoring, Barak weaving and beautician course for the women to enable them to participate in the local economic activities. Besides training women in skills required for a beautician, Barak weaving and tailoring, which are Read More…


Afghan Women Demand a Just and Accountable Peace

Kabul, Park Star Hotel, 10th September 2020 – Provincial Women’s Networks (PWNs) from fifteen provinces of Afghanistan, supported by EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD) in collaboration with Musharikat -Women in Peace Process Coalition (WIP) called on the state members of NATO and the United Nations for a just and accountable peace.
As we mark the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11 horrific attack and begin the Intra-Afghan Negotiations, a press conference is organized by EPD supported by Mustharikat to communicate the voices and demands of Afghan women from Read More…


Provincial Women’s Networks (PWNs) Perspectives and Recommendations for Intra-Afghan Dialogues and Negotiations

We believe we are closer to a peace deal than ever before. We appreciate the efforts of all sides and the support of the international community. We once again want to reiterate that any conflict could be resolved by dialogue and we are optimistic that Afghan government, Taliban, US and the rest of international community will honor their promises and help us rebuild our country and live in peace. We hope we shall soon witness peace to do justice to our motherland and make it a secure and better place for our brothers and sisters so that no Afghans have to travel to Read More…

Press Release

EQUALITY for Peace and Development with the support of Embassy of Canada has launched the project “Preventing the spread of Covid-19 through awareness raising, advocacy and mobilization of religious leaders, community elders and women activists” in Herat and Kandahar cities.
Herat’s close proximity to the Islamic Republic of Iran – which was an epicenter for the spread of the COVID-19 during March, put the province at a heightened risk with tens of thousands of people crossing the border on daily basis. Similarly, Kandahar Read More…


Afghanistan must not be left behind as it braces for the Coronavirus pandemic

To ensure that humanitarian aid is able to reach the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, we reaffirm the United Nations’ call for a humanitarian ceasefire and urge Secretary Pompeo, European, NATO, P5 leaders to support this initiative by the UN and furthermore, call upon all parties in the conflict in Afghanistan to:

Agree to a full and immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The pandemic will not wait for intraAfghan negotiations to agree to a comprehensive ceasefire;
Boost immediate preparedness and response operations for Read More…


Position Paper

On March 16, 2020 EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD) has conducted the Central Exchange of Provincial Women’s Networks (PWN) for three-days with the participation of 90 women from 15 provinces including Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Helmand, Kunduz, Balkh, Faryaab, Badakhshan, Parwan, Bamyan, Kandahar, Paktia, Herat, Urozgan and Daikundi. The purpose of this program was to collect the ideas and recommendations of PWN members on inclusive and sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

In this program, national and Read More…



More than 150 Afghan civil society representatives and Afghan diaspora from 17 EU countries conducted consultations and developed the “Living Principles” document for an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan. This week, a delegation of Afghan Civil Society representatives visited Brussels to lobby, advocate and discuss how EU and its allies can support an inclusive Afghan peace process.

The “Living Principles” document was handed over to the EU officials and diplomats including Read More…


Government Civil Society Cooperation in Action for the Benefit of School Chidren in Sar-e-Pol

Government and Civil Society Coordination Forum (GCCF) is established in 17 provinces of Afghanistan with support from the UNDP LoGo and its partner Equality for Peace and Development (EPD). GCCF forums consists of 20 members including 10 representatives from government and 10 from the civil society organizations. The forum members work closely to improve the local services delivery and thus improve good governance in these provinces. On 17 July 2019 at a GCCF Read More…