The Afghan Women Centre's mission is to empower socially isolated immigrant women within Montreal through creating programs according to their needs, facilitating self-development workshops and promoting team-based projects.
The Afghan Women's Centre (AWC) is a community of immigrant women who strive to make positive changes in their lives through coming together around their shared challenges, dreams and goals. The AWC works with women on an individual and collective basis to help empower them to participate fully in their communities, discover their place in society, break isolation and find the best ways to meet their needs, both economically and socially.
The AWC recognizes the unique struggles that immigrant women face establishing themselves in a new country – from language learning, accessing employment and child care, to intense feelings of isolation, to not having their skills, knowledge, and contributions recognized.
Our goal is to provide opportunities for women falling into the minority group, and to improve their welfare through community engagement.
Understanding and responding to the vulnerabilities of seniors, we offer intergenerational activities such as: social exchange, transference of skills, and creating opportunities to develop leadership roles.
Improving our members' quality of life is at the core of our mission. That is why we take pride in giving support to our members, acting as a reference to public health services and Quebec's social systems. Our objective is to contribute to our members well-being.
The Afghan Women Center wishes to give women a sense of belonging, a safe space for them to express themselves, and give them hope for a better future in Quebec society.
The Afghan Women’s Centre’s purposes are:
To provide information sessions to members & connect them to useful resources to build a strong community of trust & support;
Put in place activities that will foster our member’s social skills and break their social isolation.
To provide immigrant and refugee women with opportunities that will allow them to find employment.
AWC offers a variety of activities dedicated to seniors & racialized immigrants women in order to promote a healthier lifestyle and mental well-being among them. These activities include a walking group, Yoga classes, info sessions on health topics, info sessions about the legal rights, as well as the basic computer literacy, linguistic French & English classes to our members.
The Centre offers courses and workshops, as described on the "Project and Services" page of this site. All courses and workshops are offered free of charge and, in addition, transportation costs are generally covered by the Centre. There are an average of fifteen to twenty women per class and they come from various communities (e.g. Iranian, Kurdish, Syrian, Chinese, Bangladesh, Punjabi, Hindou) communities.