Business for Better Society is proud to have collaborated with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) on a transformative adult literacy program in six villages in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

This year, CW4WAfghan is celebrating a remarkable 25-year journey of commitment and impact in Afghanistan. To commemorate this milestone, the organisation has unveiled a visual timeline that reflects on its history, achievements, and the transformative impact made over the years. We invite you to witness their incredible journey by clicking here.

On October 26, 2023, Lauryn Oates, the Executive Director of CW4WAfghan, testified before the Canadian Government Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. During her presentation, she passionately emphasized that the dire humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is intricately linked to the country’s human rights challenges and the pervasive system of gender apartheid.

Ms. Oates compellingly stated, “It’s well established that tragedies impacting significant numbers of people are often less likely to draw empathy because we can’t easily see the human story behind the statistics. But I ask you for a moment to try to see it.” She shared poignant stories, such as the 10-year-old forced into marriage or the 16-year-old contemplating suicide due to the lack of educational opportunities. Ms. Oates urged the committee to understand the human faces behind the statistics and emphasized the need for concerted action.

These stories are not just statistics; they represent the lives of real people facing unimaginable challenges. CW4WAfghan and its partners, including Business for Better Society, are united in their commitment to creating positive change in Afghanistan. The dire situation demands collective action and ongoing support.

As a society, we must come together to advocate for the rights and well-being of Afghan women and children. Education, empowerment, and awareness are crucial tools in breaking the cycle of despair and fostering a brighter future for all.

Business for Better Society is honoured to stand beside CW4WAfghan in their mission to create lasting change in Afghanistan. Their 25-year milestone is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the organisation and its partners. Let us continue to raise awareness, support, and advocate for the people of Afghanistan, ensuring that their stories are heard and that meaningful actions are taken to improve their lives.

To support the current BBS campaign for families in rural northeast Afghanistan, please visit our project page on the Aseel webiste by clicking here.

Together, we can contribute to a better future for all.

📸 The image is this Field Note is from the BBS book, The Peaceful Afghanistan.  For more details about obtaining a copy of this coffee table book, please email