Canada in Action
2016-04-25 - The Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO), founded by Andeisha Farid, inaugurated a new home in Kabul for orphan girls on April 2, 2016. Known as the New Mehan Orphanage, the facility provides care and education for about eighty Afghan girls. The new facility joins 11 other orphanages operated by AFCECO in Afghanistan and Pakistan that serve both girls and boys.
2016-01-21 - On behalf of the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan, Ambassador Deborah Lyons was honored to host two seminars on January 5 and 6, 2016, featuring Karim-Aly Kassam, International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University, presenting his research findings. The seminars provided unique opportunities for Dr. Kassam, who is Canadian, to engage with Afghan officials from various institutions, including Mustafa Zahir, head of Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), and university professors and students.
2015-11-24 - Poverty is one of the reasons Afghan girls don’t attend school. Girls tend to stay home to help their families with chores, such as harvesting food or fetching water and firewood. The attitudes of parents and family members toward education help determine who in the household can attend school and for how long, and girls more often face restrictions in some parts of Afghanistan.
2015-03-23 - The Canadian Embassy invited two Afghan businesses to showcase the beauty and skill of Afghan workmanship [Afghanistan, March 2015]
2015-02-24 - Implemented by World Vision Canada the MUNCH project, aims to meet the basic health needs of women and children under five by addressing malnutrition, water access and sanitation. [Afghanistan, December 2014]
2015-01-05 - The equality between women and men, the empowerment of women and girls, and their full participation in all aspects of the lives of their communities and country is a continued priority for Canada in Afghanistan. We believe that sustainable peace is only possible when women and other affected groups are involved and in July 2012, Canada reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to Afghan women.
2014-10-18 - In Afghanistan and around the world, one of Canada’s priorities is the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls. Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, holds this priority close to her heart and was pleased to address an eager crowd at the Embassy’s annual celebration of women’s freedom of expression through art and music – ART IN THE PARK– held on October 18, 2014.
2014-07-23 - Following the record turnout by female voters on April 5th, Ambassador Lyons sat down with the Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Network to take stock of their successes in promoting women’s political participation and to strategize the next phase of engagement.
2014-07-23 - Radio and TV spots created by the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and designed to educate women and men about Afghan women’s right to vote in the upcoming elections ran from March 23 to 31.
2014-03-20 - On March 20, Ambassador Lyons met with six female Members of Parliament, including four members of the Wolesi Jirga from Badakhshan, Ghor, Herat, Uruzgan and two representing Daikundi and Kandahar in the Meshrano Jirga.
2014-03-20 - Ambassador Lyons met with two of the three female vice presidential candidates on the margins of a recent youth debate hosted at the Embassy of Canada.
2014-03-20 - On March 20, 2014 the Canadian Embassy hosted the first Afghan Debate on Empowering Women’s Participation in the Election, organized by New Line Organization (NLO).
2014-03-24 - Ambassador Lyons, along with the Belgian Ambassador, met with General Dunford, ISAF Commander, and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative on 24 March to request an update on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
2014-03-26 - On 26 March, Ambassador Lyons met with Lieutenant General Ehsas of the Ministry of the Interior.
2014-03-26 - On 26 March, Ambassador Lyons met with Kit Spence, Democracy International’s Chief of Party for Afghanistan to discuss the issue of women’s political participation.
2014-03-06 - On 6 March, Ambassador Lyons participated in a Building Markets-hosted discussion on increasing voter participation of women, youth, and vulnerable groups for the upcoming Presidential elections.
2014-07-23 - Ambassador Lyons sat down with journalist Marie-Ève Bédard of Radio-Canada TV, who is based in Beirut, to discuss the April 5th Afghan elections and Canada’s engagement in promoting women’s political participation.
2014-06-12 - Over one hundred vulnerable children now have the chance to participate in sports programmes, thanks to the first annual Maple Ball at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.
2014-05-30 - In 2012, Canada began a partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation for the implementation of a comprehensive Maternal Newborn and Child Health project in Afghanistan.
2014-05-29 - On 29 May 2014, Ambassador Lyons sat down with the Executive Director and two other representatives of the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) to discuss how Canada can support their ongoing efforts to encourage women’s political participation.
2014-05-29 - Canada has invested more than $100M since 2008 to support the Polio Eradication Initiative in Afghanistan – one of the three countries where the crippling and potentially fatal childhood disease remains endemic.
2014-05-27 - On 27 May 2014, Ambassador Lyons met with representatives of the Research Institute on Women, Peace and Security Afghanistan and the Afghan Women’s Network to discuss lessons learned from the first round of the Afghan presidential election.
2014-05-27 - On 27 May, Deborah Lyons, Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan, hosted an event in advance of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Summit.
2014-05-14 - In April 2014, working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and local partners, Canada launched the Family Health Houses project, in Daikundi Province, to establish 49 new health centres
2014-04-23 - On 23 April, Canadian Embassy staff in Kabul delivered boxes sent from Ottawa, Canada of donated music resources, instruments, and equipment to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul.
2014-04-08 - On April 8, Ambassador Lyons sat down with Dr. Sima Samar, the Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, to talk about how to maintain the positive momentum on women’s political participation built up leading into the elections.
2014-04-05 - On April 5, Ambassador Lyons joined some seven million Afghans and headed to a polling station. Ambassador Lyons joined other Ambassadors, international and national observers to observe the election process at a polling station in Kabul first hand.
2014-04-08 - On April 2, Ambassador Lyons, together with Ambassadors from Belgium, Norway, Sweden, and the Deputy Ambassador of the EU, met with ISAF gender advisors to discuss progress within ISAF and the ANSF on implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
2014-03-31 - On March 31, Ambassador Lyons met with three female members of the Wolesi: Fatima Nazari (Kabul); Lailuma Wali Hakimi (Nangarhar); and Hamida (representing the Kuchi population).
2014-03-10 - Ambassador Lyons joined 50 female Afghan Police Officers at Provincial Police Headquarters in Mazar-e Sharif on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
2014-03-10 - Ambassador Lyons met with Major General Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Police Chief of Balhk Province. General Rahimi warmly welcomed the Canadian Ambassador on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
2014-03-10 - Ambassador Lyons sat down with a group of local women in Mazar-e Sharif to talk about the importance of ensuring that all Afghan women have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the presidential election.
2014-03-03 - Ambassador Lyons met with Lauryn Oates from Canadian Women for Afghan Women to discuss a wide range of issues.
2014-02-26 - Colonel James Riley Stone, CM, OMM, DSO, CD, was the founder of the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC), which had its humble beginnings in 1957.
2014-02-10 - Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons recently visited the Afghan Provinces of Herat and Mazar-E-Sharif to see first-hand the efforts the Canadian Government is carrying out working with our implementing partners and the Afghan Government to help the country be more prosperous.
2014-02-05 - The Embassy of Canada participated at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) Fourth Annual Winter Academy Gala Concert held at the French Cultural Institute.
2014-03-18 - On 18 March, Ambassador Lyons attended a symposium to mark International Women’s Day.
2014-03-18 - On 18 March 2014, Ambassador Lyons held an informal dinner discussion with three international journalists, two of whom were women, to engage them in the issue of how the international media is covering the issue of the progress seen in women’s rights in Afghanistan, now and in the days and weeks ahead, and in particular their role in assisting in the promotion of women's participation in the Afghan electoral process.
2014-03-19 - On 19 March, the AIHRC presented the Canadian-funded National Conference on Women’s Political Participation in Kabul.
2014-03-19 - Lailuma Nasiri of Afghan Zariza magazine sat down with Ambassador Lyons on March 19, 2014 for an interview to be profiled in the April 2014 edition of the magazine.
2014-03-13 - The Prime Minister’s weekly video release of top events, 24 SEVEN, included an interview with Ambassador Lyons for the week of March 13-19, 2014, the same week Canadian troops arrive home from Afghanistan.
2014-03-29 - On 29 March, Ambassador Lyons met with Minister of the Interior Daudzai, along with the Ambassadors of the EU, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
2014-03-31 - On March 31, Ambassador Lyons, together with Hasina Safi from the Afghan Women’s Network and Wazhma Frogh from the Afghan Research Institute for Women Peace and Security, met with Deputy Minister of Interior (MOI) General Mohammad Ayub Salangi to urge the MOI to take stronger measures to ensure the safety of women provincial candidates and voters on Election Day.
2014-03-30 - In response to Ambassador Lyons’ advocacy efforts, on March 30, Minister of Interior Mohammad Omar Daudzai issued a directive to all provincial police chiefs in Afghanistan to provide security for female provincial council candidates.
2014-06-02 - On June 2, 2014, Ambassador Lyons met with ten members of the newly formed Afghan Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. She was the first Ambassador to meet with members of the Women’s Caucus, which is chaired by MP Fawzia Koofi.
2014-06-01 - On June 1, 2014, Ambassador Lyons met with Ambassador Maurits Jochems, NATO Senior Civilian Representative, and Brigadier General Gordana Garasic, Head of the ISAF Gender Unit.
2014-06-10 - From June 10 to 13, Ambassador Lyons joined Minister Baird and representatives from all the governments that had endorsed the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London.
2014-06-08 - On 8 June, Ambassador Lyons attended a briefing on elections security by General Salangi from the Ministry of Interior (MOI).
2014-03-08 - In a Canadian-driven initiative, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) hosted a gathering of more than 400 mullahs, political candidates, and women from Afghan civil society to promote the full participation of women in the upcoming elections.
2014-03-08 - On 8 March, Ambassador Lyons addressed a gathering of female civil society representatives, members of parliament, and AWN members at an Afghan Women’s Network-hosted event.
2014-03-08 - The Ministry of Women’s Affairs organized an International Women’s Day celebration in Kabul on 8 March.
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