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  • Computer Skills / Cours d'informatique

    This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre

  • Yoga Course / Cours de Yoga

    This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre

  • Walking

    This walking activity usually takes place outside with our members. Exercise has several benefits, especially for seniors. It improves your muscular strength, joint mobility and endurance, all of which deteriorate with age. Also, It is a good opportunity to get together with your family, spend some quality time with them and to expose yourself to the sun, which is an excellent source of vitamin D. Unfortunately, considering the current pandemic situation, this activity is postponed until further notice. However, we strongly recommend you to take a walk outside or in a park, either alone or with your family members with their masks. This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre.

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  • Afghan Women Centre Newsletter - MARCH 2021

    MARCH UPDATES: Welcome to our March's newsletter ! Many events were taking place this month, so stay tuned as we update you on our projects, activities and celebrations. Pour la version française, cliquez sur ce lien : https://bit.ly/3cqkaQp Nowruz 1400 On the occasion of the Persian New Year, the AWCM is hosting a festive online event on March 27, from 3PM to 5PM. Featuring music, poetry, games and cultural performances. This celebration of the beginning of spring, is a collaboration of the Afghan, Iranian, Azerbaijani & Turkish communities. It is a great symbol of the sense of belonging provided despite the pandemic. The event prepared by and for the community will showcase the talents of our members. Offered in English, French and Farsi, we invite everyone interested in exploring the rich culture and festivities of this annual event to come and join us ! Here is what awaits you : Click on the Zoom link to attend our event : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88029428995 or use this meeting ID : 880 2942 8995. AWCM's International Women's Day Event On the International Women’s Day, we were honoured to have with us an impressive panel of accomplished women and men. This year’s campaign #choosetochallenge encouraged us to question ourselves first, to challenge our own biases, what we know to be fact or true, but also to speak up, to act, to show up for others. Unfortunately the pandemic has brought the global community to its knees and women are at the core of it. It has increased the already persistent gender inequality. For change to occur, we need to challenge ourselves and others in our everyday life, not just on March 8. We want to thank our guest speakers who joined us for this special event, Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi, Jennifer Maccarone, Tamarack Verrall and Homa Hoodfar. As well as our members, Jamila, Homariah and Morokh for their moving poems, last but not least our amazing performers Wasima Fazeli who brought light to this event. This well attended event would not have been such a success without all of our speakers ! Online Yoga Class ! Being at home, apart or not, moving is essential ! That is why, after each Thursday's english class, we offered our members to join a short and sweet chair yoga practice. These simple exercises help us refocus on ourselves while activating our body. We’re delighted to see that this class has become integral to our services, and it became a regular training to our members’ routine. Feminist Recovery Summit The AWCM team had the pleasure to participate in the Canada's Feminist Response & Recovery Summit 2021 on March 8th & 9th with special guests, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef. Hearing experts and community leaders with lived experience conjointly examine the impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable women was eye opening. Unfortunately, we realized that many community organizations working with women do face the same issues. However we are delighted to see that the floor was given for our voices to be heard, for feminists to come together and lift each other up, in order to take into consideration the lives of the women we serve and to better design the path forward towards a gender-equal society. Centering Women Negotiating Peace in Afghanistan On March 10, we had the chance to be invited to the round table organised by the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism and Women Living Under Muslin Laws. This online event addressed the role that women should be given in the peace negotiation in Afghanistan. The situation in the country is getting unstable as the days are passing since the Talibans are getting more and more powerful. However If Afghanistan remains in the hands of this terrorist group, women and minorities will be under a significant danger and will keep on living in fear. This event was a call for action for women and allies to sign petitions, write letters and keep being active as long as human rights are being violated. Montreal Health Updates The relaxation of the confinement measures are still going on. As the vaccine is being administered to more and more vulnerable people, Prime Minister Legault announced that the curfew will be pushed back to 9:30pm in Montreal, and that businesses will remain open up to 9pm. Mr Legault also mentioned that theatres and performance venues will be permitted to re-open as of March 26. In the Greater Montreal region, everyone over 60 years old is now invited to book their appointment to get the Covid-19 vaccine at clicsante.ca or by calling 514-644‑4545. To know more about the situation of Covid-19 all over the Quebec region, click on the link : https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/ Job offer ! We’re looking to fill out the position of bilingual Administrative Assistant/Communication Agent. We offer a 6 to 7-month contract beginning immediately, with the potential for contract renewal. This a full time position (30 hours/week and for the time being remote work is required. Our ideal candidate would be : - Passionate and dedicated person ready to help us with our mission - Has exceptional organizational skills, detail oriented and capable of managing multiple projects while respecting deadlines. - Understands social media strategies and copywriting - Can develop content, visual as well Main Tasks: - Provide general administrative support for projects and communications for the organization (e.g. answering phones and emails, note taking at meetings, updating internal and official documents) - Help to organize meetings and events including booking meeting space, corresponding with attendees and promotion, taking minutes, etc. - Update website and social media as needed Requirements: - Fluency in French and English is essential - Experience in office administration is a requirement - Experience working in community sector an asset - Previous experience in social media (primarily Instagram and Facebook) - Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and computer skills Please send your resume and cover letter to info@awcm.ca. Be Part of the Mission The AWC is looking for passionate and dedicated volunteers to join our team and help us with our mission. While unpaid, letters of recommendation and honorariums are given based on performance. By volunteering, you contribute your professional skills. In turn, you’ll get first-hand experience about how non-profit organizations are managed. You’ll learn by doing. Click here to find out more : https://www.awcm.ca/

  • Afghan Women Centre Newsletter - FEBRUARY 2021

    FEBRUARY UPDATES: Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021! We wish you all a Happy New Year! May all your projects and aspirations come to fruition this year. We trust that 2021 will be in rhythm with your wishes to be safe, listened to, and included. The Afghan Women Centre begins this year by doing what we do best: serving our members. Stay tuned as we update you on our projects. Pour la version française, cliquez sur ce lien : https://shoutout.wix.com/so/52NVKcd9I?languageTag=en#/main We're back ! The holidays might be over, but our members and teachers were happy to see each other. As you can see from these two pictures, our members are all smiles as our classes are always given in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Even if Clinton is back home in Florida, he’s always present for our participants, just as was Eunmi Choi, our substitute ESL teacher who tuned in from Calgary. We’re grateful to count on everyone regardless of geographic locations! Virtual event with Minister Monsef On the 11th of February, we had the pleasure of participating to a panel discussion with the Honourable Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef in order to find ways to better support those in greatest need and to ensure the pandemic recovery is more inclusive of underrepresented women. Our president Makai Aref, had the pleasure of exchanging with the Minister about the centre's activities, here is the a clip of their chat ! On February 11, we had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion with the Honourable Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef. The objective was to find ways to better support those in the greatest need and to ensure the pandemic recovery is more inclusive of underrepresented women. Our president Makai Aref, had the pleasure of exchanging with the Minister about the centre's activities. Here’s a clip of their chat! International Women's Day The Afghan Women Centre invites you on March 8 to a virtual celebration of strong and empowered women everywhere who negotiate for their rights despite Covid19! As a community organization, we acknowledge the hardship women face during this pandemic and celebrate their diligence. This event will welcome diverse members of our centre and guest speakers to share their empowering moments and showcase the creativity of our community with Afghan music and poetry among other exciting events. Click on the link below to follow our event on Facebook #wechoosetochallenge https://fb.me/e/DtZEd2ZX Meet our Concordia University interns We’re so happy to have been contacted by these four talented students in Community Development from Concordia University to join our centre’s activities and future projects! Netsai, Monica, Samantha, and Solène will help us with special projects for a few months.Here’s a picture of our group effort to bring you a special online event on March 8, International Women’s Day! The Shadow Pandemic On February 20, the AWCM participated with the Iranian and Afghan Women’s Network in an online event co-sponsored by the Women's Intercultural Event, Stop Honor Killings-Iran, with the Men Against Honor-related Violence Network and The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists. This event brought to light the violence against women during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Violence that is now called the ‘shadow pandemic’ is present within homes. In-home violence has significantly increased since Covid-19 began. For more information on family or in-home violence, click on the link below : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/stop-family-violence.html Empowerment through Knowledge In mid-February, we had the pleasure of receiving the notary Nazgol Fallah. She provided a detailed and useful presentation in Farsi about the testamentary process in Quebec. We're often afraid of the word testament, but our members claimed the future and learned the steps. Awareness of procedures results in the best decisions for ourselves and our families. Montreal Health Updates The Relaxation of the COVID-19 confinement measures in Quebec began in the first week of February. Even if Montreal stays in the red zone, new public health measures will apply. Outdoor activities are now allowed for a group of up to 8 people. All non‑priority businesses and museums have re‑opened (including personal care services), and a partial return to in‑person teaching gradually took place. Just in time for Spring break, cinemas will reopen starting February 26. Swimming pools and arenas will partially reopen for family bubbles and individual activities, but not for collective activities. The curfew will remain between 8 p.m and 5 a.m for the red zone. For more updates, visit the government website by clicking on the link below : https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/ Covid-19 Vaccine On Feb 23, Quebec's Prime Minister, François Legault, announced new directives and information about the vaccine soon to be administered to priority groups. The vaccination is recommended as a priority for people with a higher risk of complications of COVID‑19, in particular people 70 years of age and older who live in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) as well as healthcare workers. This process extends to people over 85 years of age in the Greater Montreal region. In addition, an accompanying person aged 85 and over could be vaccinated at the same time if the person meets the following criteria: the person is 70 years of age or older and is present 3 or more days a week to support their relative over 85. Starting Thursday the 25th of february at 8am, registration will be made online or by phone (1 877 644 4545). To get more information on the vaccination campaign in Quebec, or to make your registration to get your vaccine, follow the link below : https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progress-of-the-covid-19-vaccination/ Be Part of the Mission The AWC is looking for passionate and dedicated volunteers to join our team and help us with our mission. While unpaid, letters of recommendation and honorariums are given based on performance. By volunteering, you contribute your professional skills. In turn, you’ll get first-hand experience about how non-profit organizations are managed. You’ll learn by doing. Click here to find out more : https://www.awcm.ca/

  • Our Services

    Hello 2021! Time flies and yet we’re still updating and adjusting the services we’re offering at the centre. Our catering team, even if apart, is looking forward to cooking in order to deliver delicious afghan meals right in the comfort of your homes. This service is very important to us and we will happily resume our catering services in January. We were very pleased to serve our customers, members and community partners last year and hope that this year won’t be any different. Visit our website to know more about our menu : https://afghan-women-catering.com/ We’re also resuming our different activities and services after the holiday season. Online English, French, computer literacy and even yoga classes for our seniors are on the program! It’s never too late to reach us out if you would like to attend those classes. Translation of official documents, accompanying our members to various appointments, answering to diverse phone requests are essential services that we are running and maintaining despite the pandemic, we are always here for you.

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  • Cultural Events | AWC Montreal

    Cultural Events The Afghan Women's Centre also holds regular cultural events and gatherings celebrating the diversity of our members. Previous events have included Persian New Year, Independence Day and others.Open to all! Gallery 1/1

  • Partners & Funders | AWC Montreal

    Partners Thank You We are fortunate to collaborate with the following partners: Foundation Catholic Community Centre E.N.C.O.R.E. Seniors ​ Funders Thank You We graciously receive financial support from:

  • Catering | Afghan Women's Centre Montreal | Québec

    Catering The Afghan Women's Centre also runs a catering service that offers authentic Afghan cuisine on demand for any occasion. With the challenges of being a new immigrant, a new language and unfamiliar spaces can be extremely challenging. The Afghan Women’s Center recognizes the universal power of cooking as a source of comfort, the kitchen can be a space of familiarity where families congregate to chat, eat and cook. With this, The AWC’s introduced the Afghan Women's Catering services. The AWCC services bring community members into the communal space of the kitchen to cook and gather. The success of this initiative has been immense, allowing the AWC to develop other activities for members. ​ Visit the Catering Site Events Got an AGM, Staff or Board Retreat, Conference or Private Event coming up? View our menu Parties We've got your event covered. Get authentic Afghan food catered and delivered, and support local women in the process! Read more Cooking Classes The Afghan Women's Centre also occasionally holds cooking classes. These will be starting again soon so check back for more details! Recipe: Afghan Samosa Gusti Meat and vegetarian. Prep time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Yields 4-6 servings. Meat stuffing - 2 Boneless chicken breast cut in cubes - 4 onions coarsely chopped - 1 pinch of cardamom powder - Salt and pepper Vegetarian stuffing - 1 1⁄2 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley - 1 1⁄2 cup of finely chopped coriander - 2 cup of coarsely chopped spinach - 3 green onions finely chopped - 1⁄4 cup of vegetable oil - 1 table spoon of coriander seed powder - 2 garlic cloves finely chopped - Salt and pepper Dough - 1 kg of puff pastry frozen dough - 2 egg yolks - Icing sugar for decoration Preparation 1. Preheat your oven at 375 degrees. In a pan, cook the meat in 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of oil. Let it chill then pass it through the food processor until finely chopped. 2. Chop all the herbs, the garlic and the green onions. Mix in a bowl with the oil and the spices. In the meantime golden the onions in the same pan used for the chicken. 3. Add the chopped chicken to the onions once golden. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Unroll the dough and cut it into squares of a diameter of approximately 10 cm. Make sure to allow enough time for thawing (90 min). Place 2 tbsp. of stuffing (vegetarian, meat or both) in the center and fold to form a triangle. Seal the corners with a fork by pressing gently. 5. Brush the top of the samosa with the egg yolk and place in the middle of the oven for about 30 min, until the dough is golden. Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top for decoration.

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