Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to empowering women and young people at the community level and policy levels in Afghanistan. Their aim is to the increase capacity of women and youth in order for them to be at the forefront of representing their needs in development, peacebuilding and democratic process in the country.
EPD envisions Afghanistan to be a peaceful, prosperous and democratic state, where all Afghans enjoy equal rights without any form of discrimination. EPD’s mission is to empower and strengthen women and youth at the community and policy levels to build coalitions and networks and promote human rights, peace and good governance.
EPD’s has three strategic areas: peace and security, good governance and human rights.
Peace and Security
EPD works to empower and encourage the people of Afghanistan, particularly women and youth, to participate and engage in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and mediation at both the national and grassroots levels. Besides working on these issues, EPD is also focused on the reform and strengthening of the security sector by mobilizing people to support the Afghan National Security Forces and monitor their performance and respect for human rights. EPD’s work on security issues has a special focus on the needs and perspectives of women regarding security and the participation of women in the security sector.
To contribute to the improvement of governance, EPD aims to increase the transparency and accountability of public institutions. EPD empowers communities by training and engaging them in the process of budget planning and execution and monitoring public service delivery and implementation of development projects to keep government institutions accountable for the quality of their services.
Peace and good governance are critical to ensure respect for human rights. EPD takes a rights-based approach to developing and implementing programs that empower all people of Afghanistan to know and exercise their rights as Afghan citizens regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or other factors. EPD believes that women’s rights are human rights and empowering Afghan women is a key component of EPD’s mission.
EPD's donors are: USAID, UN Women, Counterpart International, Open Society Afg, GIZ, Mama Cash, the British Embassy, the United States Embassy, the Dutch Embassy, Tawanmandi, the United Nations Development Program and the United States Institute of Peace.
EPD has partnerships with: the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the High Peace Council, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, the Women’s and Budget Commissions of Parliament and the Provincial Councils.