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.
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...