Afghan women project Resources

  • 31 Mar 2022 10:15 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Introducing the Afghan Women Project Guidebook -- a document created by business and professional women, many of whom were themselves immigrants to the United States.

    A living document, it is intended to provide a starting point for your journey towards success in your new lives, and a repository for your experiences as you balance yourself between your past and your future.

    AWP GuidebookAs President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in the United States, it has been invigorating to welcome displaced Afghan Business and Professional women and to share our advocacy, support, and training while you settle down all over this beautiful country.

    I view this guidebook as an opportunity for our organization to live our mission to develop the professional, business, and leadership potential of women at all levels in a direct and compassionate manner.

    We look forward to welcoming you into our organization, and we humbly hope that you will find our guidebook and our networks helpful as you begin your journey in the United States of America.

    Since 1919 NFBPWC has been a resource and its members have been Allies to women such as you.

    Megan Shellman-Rickard
    National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
    President 2020-2022

    This handbook is based on a series of common reactions grouped as:

    • Positive Experiences – this may help defuse misconceptions about life in America, and it may help ease the transition to making the US your home.
    • Learning Experiences – we have all had “Ah Hah!” moments when we finally understood the local ways of doing things, local slang, habits, preferences, jokes and taboos.
    • Fundamental Differences – there are some differences that cannot be bridged but can be embraced if understood.
    • Frustrations – food is different, the language is not like you learned it, you do not know where to get or do something, you cannot communicate your need – we want to help.
    • Fears – In the US people say there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Fear often is linked to insufficient communication or understanding, to assumptions being made by you and others.
    • Tears – You left your world behind. This one is very different. We have all had tears – but have learned how to move forward.
    • Recommendations – Many people want to help and many of them think they are helping, but do not understand what you are saying or asking. These recommendations are intended to smooth the path.

    A Living Document

    This handbook is oriented to be used anywhere, which is why we close it with a compendium of resources available locally, which we invite you to add to!

     AWP Guidebook - English
     AWP Guidebook - Dari
     English version  Dari version

    Please contact Program Chair, Nermin Ahmad with suggestions, additions, or changes for inclusion on a rolling basis in the guidebook.

  • 1 Nov 2021 10:17 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Advocating for displaced Afghan Women 

    The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) Afghan Women Project works to provide goods and services vital to incoming displaced Afghans. The program opens up paths for their professional business and learning needs via a series of advocacy programs, diversity and inclusion training efforts, and mentoring programs.

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    Afghan Women Project Facts:

    • Our focus on New Jersey and beyond: 
      As of Feb. 2, the U.S. had welcomed
      more than 76,000 people through Operation Allies Welcome, the federal effort to resettle Afghans, according to the State Department. About 68,000 have moved into local communities with assistance from nine national resettlement agencies and their affiliates, including about 700 individuals in New Jersey. 

      Because agencies that typically would help dozens of people in a year suddenly are responsible for hundreds, NFBPWC stepped forward to lend a hand. And, after realizing there are no resources meant to help business and professional migrant women who arrive in the U.S., NFBPWC sought to fill that void in New Jersey and other places in the United States.
    • Fact Sheet: 

    The AWP Parallel Event at United Nations CSW66:

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NFBPWC stands with our newly minted American sisters!

Our aim it to empower displaced Afghan women to continue to support themselves and achieve the many rights and dignities that all Americans enjoy today.

Here you'll find a collection of practical information, life-changing resources for initial resettlement needs, and long term professional development.

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