Public debate on policy options will be promoted by policy analysis with the goal of setting agendas for the media, public opinion pool, round-tables and the like. Professional academic symposium, workshops, and conferences will also be used as the platforms to provide gender-related policy recommendations. 

The Women's Center will strive to provide research-based solutions to gender-equality challenges in Afghanistan to promote evidence-based decision making among politicians, policy makers and practitioners. The absence of a solid research institute to provide empirical knowledge on women’s development gives TWC a comparative advantage. The Women’s Center will skill-up its research capacity to become a full-fledged research center to provide strategic studies on women’s issues in Afghanistan. The research center will be supported by a sufficient cadre of professionals, the establishment of a gender resources center, and the journal of “women and sustainable development,” which will act as a national academic journal on women’s issues.

TWC serves as research center on gender mainstreaming and sustainable development in Afghanistan through:

  • Demand-driven Research,
  • Program Evaluations,
  • Feasibility Assessments,
  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy.


The Women's Center (TWC): promotes policy analysis with the goal to set agendas for the media, public opinion pool, and round tables. Professional academic symposia, workshops and conferences are used as the platform to provide gender related policy recommendations at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).  Our recent research publications are:

Business Women's Directory: The research and data collection occurred between February 2014 and May 2015 in five provinces of Afghanistan; Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh and Kabul. The data presented in the directory is based on more than 5,000 surveys conducted with various women-led businesses. After our extensive review and verification process, the net result is 1,000 active businesses in this directory of women entrepreneurs and their business ventures in Afghanistan.

Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women in Afghanistan through Legal, Regulatory and Policy Reform 2015: This study explored reasons why women face obstacles to economic empowerment under two broad categories: business activities and inheritance. The contexts of those obstacles were researched through legal, regulatory and policy frameworks and were widely canvassed, with recommendations given on how the economic conditions of women can be improved.