Often, affected people need to tell their story in order to show the significance and scope of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

Take the women in Mazar-e Sharif, who work in a newly constructed bakery training centre where they offer delicious baked goods and pass on their knowledge to other bakers. New recipes, baking techniques and marketing opportunities are on the agenda. In this way, the women can contribute to their families’ income and have a job that they like.

Or, take the policewoman that can live up to her own expectations thanks to a literacy course. Today, she can write complaints, document violations of the law and forward them to the appropriate authorities all by herself. In this way, she supports women in particular to make use of their rights.

These stories give a face to the German Cooperation with Afghanistan. We have collected impressive stories showcasing people whose lives have been significantly influenced thanks to the German Cooperation’s activities in Afghanistan.

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د ښځو وضعیت اسانه نه دی. ډیری یې د دوی حق نه پیژني.
The situation for women isn’t easy. Most don’t know their rights.
During a meeting with colleagues at the police station in the Dehdadi district of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan, Azada Sepher is distracted by angry voices in the lobby. A woman and a man are involved in a heated discussion. Without hesitation, the concerned 47-year-old approaches the...
I’ve learned how to organise tasks and projects and have been able to rediscover forgotten knowledge from my degree course.
The nearest major town from Shighnan, the centre of the district bearing the same name, is around seven hours away by car. The town is located in Badakhshan province in the border region of Afghanistan’s mountainous northeast. Tajikistan is right on the other side of the river.
I have learned methods for dealing with psychological stress and pressure, to stop it getting the better of me. I can now analyse difficult situations better and develop solutions to overcome them.
Hafizullah, Aria and Shahrooz study economics at Takhar University. They also work part-time as teachers to pay for their studies and support their families. Now in their fourth year of university, the students have plenty of academic experience. However, a supplementary training programme gave...
Earlier, we approached cases of gender abuse and harassment from an administrative point of view. Now, we take a legal and professional approach towards them.
Afghanistan may still be one of the least peaceful countries in the world – even more than 15 years after the Taliban were overthrown – but significant progress has been made in improving the social and economic status of Afghan women since 2001, with the support of the international community.
After this training when we go to mines for inspection, we will take the issue of health seriously and will insist on its implementation.
For Abdul Sami Skindaray, a visit to the Hema coal mine in the Turkish port town of Amasra was a life-changing experience. As a mine inspector in Afghanistan, Skindaray has visited tens of mines across his homeland. But Amasra on the Black Sea coast was nothing like any mining places he had seen in...
It's much more interesting to work on real cases, meet the people behind it and to be a part of the legal process.
After four years of studying, Sumaia and Lida have gained profound knowledge of Afghanistan’s legal foundations. Since she was a young girl, Sumaia has wanted to become a lawyer: “In ninth grade, I was already aware of the miserable situation of women in my country. One of my distant relatives was...