Skip to main content
Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
Map Summary
Afghanistan Banner Image

outcome XM-DAC-41146-AFG_D_1.2

Women have improved capacity, access to resources/knowledge and agency to participate, lead and engage in political processes, including running as elective officials in Afghanistan

Not Applicable in 2022
outcome XM-DAC-41146-AFG_D_1.3

(Deactivated) National development strategies and other national sector plans have specific and costed commitments to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, Social and Structural constraints are tackled to advance equal opportunities and outcomes for women’s economic participation

Not Applicable in 2022
outcome XM-DAC-41146-AFG_D_2.1

Women in Afghanistan have increased access to income generation opportunities and income security

here has been a regression on this outcome in 2022 for Afghanistan given new restrictions on women’s mobility and conditions on participation in the public sphere across different sectors. However, to strengthen women livelihoods, capacitate them, ensure their basic needs are met and empower them to build back better to become resilient to the humanitarian crisis affecting Afghans, women in particular and spare them from negative coping mechanism: 41 women have received c ash for business while under Cash based interventions. 862 women have benefited from non-conditional cash interventions that created immediate income stream for most vulnerable women in five provinces of Afghanistan (Balkh, Bamiyan, Heart, Kandahar and Nangahar). 100 more women have benefited short term job opportunities through cash for work (while receiving daily wages 8$/ day for two months), whereby women got on job training opportunity in technical skills i.e., tailoring. 970 women in MPWCs in Herat and Nangarhar were provided with Multi Purpose Cash Assistance to cover their families' basic needs.
outcome XM-DAC-41146-AFG_D_2.2

(Deactivated)Women Business Associations and women entrepreneurs have strengthened capacities to benefit from the supply chain, investment and procurement

Not applicable in 2022
outcome XM-DAC-41146-AFG_D_3.2

Favorable social norms, attitudes, and behaviors are promoted at individual, community and institutional levels to prevent VAW

There is no change to report in 2022 for Afghanistan. Due to the Taliban takeover, it has not been possible for UN Women Afghanistan to work with national stakeholders and duty bearers in the area of primary prevention. Overall, however, UN Women Afghanistan has observed a regression due to a complex context and a scenario in which women’s rights are constantly violated whilst they are systematically excluded from public and political life. Women and girls in Afghanistan are experiencing and refers to what is happening as gender apartheid. And, considering the impossibility to talk about women's rights and the need to prioritize the safety and security of staff and partners, it was not possible to implement and measure progress on prevention interventions. Despite challenges since the Taliban take over, UN Women strategy during the reporting period was focused on advocating to reopen Family Resource Centers (FRC) and Women Protection Centers (WPC) with the aim of creating safe spaces for women and girl survivors and those at risk of violence to access essential services and awareness sessions, which have reached at least 1,673 people (f-860; m-813). Furthermore, UN Women continued to explore opportunities to progress capacity building of stakeholders on EVAW prevention and response, including as part of the redesign of the EVAW Services. UN Women continued developing and enriching the Capacity Development Plan on Gender, VAWG and Survivor-centered approach for the FRCs and the WPCs partners. The plan integrates prevention and service pillars to provide a holistic approach to VAWG. This component is critical to contribute to the shift in social norms to challenge the normalization of violence among women. Thus far the original strategy and ToC for this outcome is largely still applicable. However, the renewed risk to safety and security, movement restrictions and ban on NGO workers, will have extensive impacts on the feasibility of women and girl survivors and those at risk of violence to access quality, comprehensive services. This also comes with risks and anticipated regression on progress and operations. Therefore, the ToC and accompanying programme strategy is being reviewed for 2023 to allow for greater flexibility, innovation and focus on prevention.
Showing 1 - 5 of 16
Disclaimer and notes
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.
References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).
Download Data