Equility for Peace and Democracy (EPD)

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    EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy (EPD) is an Afghan non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2010 for empowering women and youth at the community and policy levels in Afghanistan. The aim of EPD is to increase the capacity of women and youth in order for them to represent their needs in development, peacebuilding, and democratic processes.   EPD envisions Afghanistan as a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic state where all Afghans enjoy equal rights without any form of discrimination. To empower and strengthen women and youth at the community and policy levels, build coalitions and networks, and jointly promote and advocate for human rights, peace, and good governance, EPD focuses on the following strategic areas:

    Peace Building: EPD works to encourage and influence the people of Afghanistan, men and women alike, to participate and engage in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution.

    Good Governance: In contributing to the improvement of governance, EPD aims to increase transparency and accountability of public institutions for the use of public resources and policies. EPD strengthens communities by engaging them in the process of budget planning, implementation, and monitoring, and reporting of development programs. EPD also trains communities to monitor service delivery and the implementation of development projects and to keep institutions accountable for the quality of services provided.

    Human Rights: Peace and good governance are critical to ensuring respect for human rights. EPD takes a rights-based approach to development by implementing programs that aim to empower all people of Afghanistan to know and exercise their rights as Afghan citizens regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or other factors.

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