International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Like many other institutions ADF also celebrated International Women’s Day, a historical day which changed the role of women both in national and international levels.
Back in 2012, ADF’s High Council (the strategic decision making body) have stressed the need for the ADF to find ways to provide women with credit for agriculture-related activities.
With the purpose of overcoming this challenge and enabling women to participate in the development of Afghan agriculture the ADF launched a line of financial products aimed at addressing the needs of rural women Zahra, a Sharia compliant financial product.
Agricultural Credit leads to more than just economic growth; it promotes equality by providing opportunities to women entrepreneurs.
For the first time, eight organizations and commercial scale enterprises, over 200 individual and 1000 rural women have had access to financial services throughout Afghanistan.