Vocational Education and Training

Iran: Empowering Afghan women refugees

The ARIVET project works with female refugees and female-headed households on an income-generating activity that promotes the production and sale of handicrafts, such as making brooches, key rings and Christmas decorations.

Quelle: Team ARIVET

Refugees are a vulnerable group in general, especially since they do not have the same rights and access to services as the citizens of the country they reside in. Due to lack of education and other issues, it is also difficult for them to find a job and integrate into society. Refugee women and girls are particularly vulnerable, carrying with them a history of adversity and violence from their country of origin, and generally lacking autonomy and recognition. Women are often assigned a lower social status and placed in a position of dependency on men. These issues trap them into a complex precarious situation even among the refugee community. Even though the ARIVET project centers on vocational education and training for Afghan refugees, for women it is somehow difficult to attend courses due to their role in society.

Through activities such as making handicrafts, ARIVET is trying to boost the self-confidence of refugee women and help them earn an income for their families. Brooches, key rings and Christmas tags, intended as Christmas and Nowruz gifts, can now be purchased online at http://madarya.com and through our partner NGOs.

Through this activity, the participating women become more aware and appreciative of their capacities. ARIVET will continue to explore more ways of providing opportunities to Afghan women refugees for improving their self-determination, livelihoods, and employment prospects.


Lea Zeppenfeld

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