Kyrgyz Republic

How Canada supports girls in Afghanistan, India, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Tajikistan

On the tenth anniversary of International Day of the Girl, learn how Canadian investments are supporting and making a difference for girls in Central Asia.

Advancing gender equality through advocacy in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan

In 2021, UCA’s Civil Society Initiative established the School for the Advancement of Gender Equality, the first of its kind in Central Asia.

A collage of headshots from the 2022 International Youth Fellows.

Meet the Fellows of 2022

Since 1989, more than 500 young Canadians have participated in AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship, a program that has launched diverse

Spotlight on Yasmin Karim, Gender Advisor for Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan

“Over my career, I have seen many gender advocates evolve and emerge. Society has also been transformed.”

Spotlight on Jennifer Elms, Gender Advisor at AKFC and AKF-US

“My hope would be that gender equality becomes so part of everybody’s DNA that integrating gender and using a gender lens will be a part of everyone.”

In their words: Gender equality and international development

We sat down with four gender advisors from across the AKDN to talk about their work and learn about development from their perspectives.

Spotlight on Zohra Bano, Regional Gender Advisor for Aga Khan Foundation

“I have been working on projects that focus on auditing gender equality, economic empowerment, health, education, conflict resolution, resilience building, climate change, to name a few.”

Clean energy: Bringing equity to vulnerable communities

AKFC hosted a panel to discuss the role clean energy can play in bringing equity to vulnerable communities.

From the first class: Meet Najmiya

Meet Najmiya, who graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences this year at the University of Central Asia.