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  • 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.

  • Cooking Class

    This activity offers you a chance to share your favourite recipes while preparing meals and to build relationships with other members. Cooking is always a good opportunity to socialize and share your culture. Given the current pandemic context, this activity will be done online. We will accompany you throughout this process. 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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  • Interview ( La presse ) about Center's activities & the current situation in Afghanistan

    An Interseting article has been published on July 14th in ( La presse ) journal about the centre's activites as well as the current situation in Afghanistan : "Tous ceux qui vivent à Montréal des membres de la communauté afghane, ils ont de la famille en Afghanistan. Récemment, certains ont perdu des proches à cause de la COVID ou à cause des combats. Et tout ce qu’ils ont, c’est Zoom », constate avec émotion Makai Harif, présidente et fondatrice du Centre des femmes afghanes de Montréal. Mardi le 13 Juillet, un atelier de cuisine à donner en ligne aux membres du centre et les membres de different communautés. Voir l'article publié sure la situation actual de l'Afghanistan en cliquant sure le lien du Presse ci-après :

  • Welcome to our spring Newsletter

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  • CABM Virtual Gala 2021

    Our President and Founder, winner of the Noble Prize awarded to an Outstanding Volunteer!!! The Afghan Women's Center in Montreal had the honor of participating in the Gala (Les Nobiles) a superb, well-organized online evening. The event was filled with entertainments, nobile awards, shows, dances as well as many other volunteers from the city of Montreal. At the Gala there was a Nobile Award for 6 categories including: Outstanding Volunteer, Group Volunteering, Volunteer Manager, Skills Volunteer, Corporate Volunteer Program as well as Public Volunteer). Makai Harif was a nominee in the category of Outstanding volunteers and was elected the winner of this Category. The President of the AWCM owns up to this nobile an immense gratitude since it rewards the efforts brought to the center for immigrant women

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  • Mission | AWC Montreal

    Mission 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. Out of gallery 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. Objectives 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. Activities ​ 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. To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. We Need Your Support Today! Donate

  • Team | AWC Montreal

    Team VICTORIA JAHESH Project manager ​ Victoria Jahesh is a capable and devoted woman with a background in medicine who has volunteered countless hours of her time to support the mission of this organization. She has been given a key role as a Project Coordinator since 2018. Since then, she has also been the centre’s strategic planning advisor, tasked with deploying the communications and social media strategy, as well as updating the organization's social media and website. She has provided information sessions about health topics for senior members, interpreting documents, and also doing hand's on work around the centre with volunteers. Victoria participated in other non profit organizations whose mission is similar as ours : to bring up the concerns about immigrant families by collaborating on legal information about family violence education in the province of Quebec. She was also engaged with the foundation “Hope for tomorrow” which enabled her to work with children, their families and with the hospital staff (Montreal Children’s). Speaking 4 languages, Victoria is occasionally invited to provide various services related to health topics such as interpretation services to Russian families and Farsi speaking families in the Montreal Children's Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children. She is currently a board member of ‘’Table de quartier community council of Peter-Mcgill’’, and she has collaboratively worked and helped other organisations such as ‘’ACCESSS’’ and la ‘’Table de concentration des organismes ou services des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes’’. ​ . . . We're Hiring MAKAI HARIF P resident & Founder Makai Harif, a passionate, dedicated and highly educated volunteer is the founder and the president of the Afghan Women’s Centre of Montreal. With a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Physics, she worked as a teacher and a school principal for more than 20 years, in Afghanistan. Due to socio-political instability there, she moved to Russia with her children with the hope that she would go back to her home country after 3 months, but ended up staying there more than 8 years. After going through the long and harsh path of a refugee, she founded a Centre for Refugees in Russia with the aim of supporting others. In March 2000, Makai and her family immigrated to Canada in order to find a secure and peaceful place. With a profound understanding of the trials and hardships faced by immigrant women, she founded the Afghans Women’s Centre of Montreal in 2002. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to fulfil her vision of lifting up and supporting immigrant women from all over the world. She has supported hundreds of women and their families within a wide range of needs: housing, employment, legal issues, social needs, language barriers, celebration of key holidays and more. Her loyalty, selflessness, and dedication are all model qualities for those who wish to serve as volunteers within the organisation. WIDA AZIZI Vice-President Wida Azizi is a highly educated woman with an academic background in medicine specializing in Pediatrics and is an active member of the Centre's board of directors. Following her training in Pediatrics in Russia, her desire to support and to treat refugees and immigrants motivated her to work for the Red Cross as a physician. In 2001, Wida moved to Canada. She was able to demonstrate her resilience by overcoming obstacles and many others to continue her studies in nursing, highlighting her determination and perseverance. MOROKH YUSEZAI Secretary Mohrukh, a woman deeply committed and involved in women's issues, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kabul University and a Certificate in Health Science from Masar-e sharif Hospital. In addition to being highly educated, her various professional experiences have allowed her to develop many skills and qualities such as leadership, empathy and altruism. In 2016, she moved to Canada since then she is involved in the Centre as a board member, once again demonstrating her commitment to the cause of refugee women. Her hard work has contributed greatly to the development of the Centre. LEILI KHAGHANI Administrator Leili Khagani moved to Montreal in 1998, where she has been involved in the cultural scene for over 20 years, as she has been involved in Radio Chavak, the magazine ‘HafteH’ and various cultural organizations. Her experience with cultural communities in Montreal will serve as an invaluable contribution to the AWCM as we always welcome different perspectives to strengthen our organization. In 2009 she created the "Savalan Cultural Group'', which organizes activities to promote the Turkish language and culture.Khagani will also be using her experience in organizing activities to plan our events and develop our activities. LINDSAY LARIOS Member Lindsay Larios is a PhD candidate at Concordia University studying political science. Her research and writing focus on immigration and family policy in Canada, in particular how they impact immigrant women. Lindsay came to know the Afghan Women’s Center in 2015 when she contacted the Center for a project, she was working on related to refugee women and caregiving. Shortly after this, she began to help writing grant applications as a volunteer in various applications to federal government funding opportunities. ​ HOMARIAH HARIVA Member Our new board members Homariah Hariva is an experienced civil engineer with a background working in government. She has used her expertise to work in many notable corporations such as the German ‘GIZ’ company . At the AWCM, Homariah’s experience in the technical world will be a great contribution to our centre in terms of logistical planning for our events as well as coordinating activities. ​ GULPANA DAYAAN Member Gulpana Dayaan is an experienced computer teacher, with a focus on softwares and hardwares. When she moved to Montreal, she used her background in Economics to garner a position working as a manager at a bank. Gulpana’s dedication to helping refugees allows her to be a great addition to our team as she will be using her passion to make the centre a welcoming place for others as it was for her. ​ We believe all women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and can change the world.

  • Home | Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal

    Providing Immigrant Women opportunities to improve their lives Our Mission Our Goal, Vision & Commitment Our Projects Register & Help Make Change Get Involved Volunteer, Participate, or Donate 1/3 AWC AWC empowers socially isolated immigrant women within Montreal through creating programs according to their needs, facilitating self-development workshops and promoting team-based projects. We are a team of women from diverse backgrounds who are unified by the goal of empowering immigrant women in Montreal. Through our activities and interactive workshops, we are dedicated to helping women find their rightful place in a new environment. ​ LEARN MORE Visit our catering website to taste our authentic Afghan food and to explore our cooking classes. Become a Member! We're hiring You can join our team and become a member with a fee of 10$, non-members can always be welcomed & also participate in AWC activities & services through a pay per use basis. Contact us for more details. Latest News and Events Interview ( La presse ) about Center's activities & the current situation in Afghanistan 3 Write a comment Welcome to our spring Newsletter 8 Write a comment CABM Virtual Gala 2021 2 Write a comment Read More Join Us The Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal relies on the generous support of volunteers and donors. Support Us

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