Canada has granted financial support to five Afghan Civil Society Organizations to advance women rights, democracy and security in Afghanistan.

The Embassy of Canada in a statement said Wednesday it has granted financial support to Afghan Women Association for Rehabilitation and Development (AWARD), Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WA), Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organization (HREVO), Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support for Afghanistan (PARSA) and Salam Afghanistan Media Organization (SAMO).

The statement further added that every year, the Canadian Embassy provides support to Afghan civil society organizations through the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI) to implement projects aligned with empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality, championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity and promoting stability and security.

Furthermore, the statement said the Canadian Embassy sent an email to more than two hundred Afghan civil society organizations, inviting them to submit project proposals under one of the above-mentioned thematic priorities. The embassy received 64 proposals, of which five were retained following a competitive selection process.

The Canadian Embassy also added that the selected projects will have a direct impact in Afghan local communities and their implementation will be completed by the end of February 2020.

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