Afghan Biographies

Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI)

Name Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI)
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Co Founders Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) LEAD:
Freshta Hazeq
Manizha Wafeq
Kamilla Sidiqe
Maryam Ghaysi
Farah Deeba Karimi
Shaima Kabir
Malika Qanih
Seema Tabib

Executive Body:
President: Manizha Wafeq

Legal Expert: Sultana Khaknizhad

Business Development Services Director: Parwarish Oryakhail
Public and International Relation Officer: Shazia Stanikzai
Research Assistant: Zainab Yousofi
Business Development Assistant: Farahnaz Hakimi
IT Assistant: Mahdi NiaziI

Board of Directors 2017-2019:

Freshta Sarwari

Parwarish Oryakhail

Kubra dastgerzada

Laila Samani

Mariam Safi

Masooma Ibrahimi

Nahid Hamidi

Sona Mahmodi

Zahra Sarwari

Board of Directors 2015-2017:

Afsana Rahimi

Zahra Jafari

Manizha Wafeq

Zahra Jafari

Nadima Sahar

Parwarish Oryakhail

Zakia Jafari

Sana Sediqi

Advisery Board 2017-2018:

Aziza Mohmand

Tariq Ahmad Sarfaraz

Zakia Jafari

Abdul Qayom Rahimi

Jalaluddin Said

Athena Hashimi

Najia RoufiAdvisor

Zakia Wardak

Nesar Ahmad Islammal

Homira KohzadAdvisor

Advisory Board 2016-2017:

Laila Samani

Nazifa Mirzad

Sonia Eqbal

Zakia Wardak

Sahar Hamdard


Advisory Board 2013-2014:

Mina Sherzoy

Nilofar Sakhi

Najila Habibyar

Seema Ghani

Address and Contact:

Third street of Ansari Square

Phone: +93-70-632-33-79



AWCCI is supported and sponsored by USA based Institute for Educating and Empowering Women Worldwide IEEW and other Organizations.

Since 2002, many none profit organizations started working for Afghan women’s empowerment and rights achievement. Almost all focused their activities and advocacy work on women’s political, social and cultural participation and rights. None has taken on women’s economic participation or business women’s concerns so far. The need for an entity to organize business women’s voice and advocate for their interests is emphasized on in the report; Women’s Economic Empowerment IEEW , Information mapping, 2002-2012, Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU): At the national level, an umbrella Afghan women’s organization is needed.

A group of businesswomen realized this need and lack of existence of a platform so they collaborated and established Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan’s Development (LEAD). LEAD was established in 2013 and officially launched on January 22, 2014. It was registered with the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries as a Businesswomen’s Union. LEAD presented a proposal to the High Economic Council chaired by the President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to change name to Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI). LEAD’s name change to AWCCI was approved by the High Economic Council of the Afghan government on March 12, 2017.

The Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) announced on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 the establishment of permanent bazaars in capital Kabul for Afghan women businesses. The bazaars are opened for the sale of products made by women businesses in two parks of Makroryan (Women’s Park Makroiryan I) and (Ferdowsi Makroryan III Park). From now on, businesswomen from the capital and the provinces can participate in these bazaars on a regular basis for selling their products. These Juma Bazaars (“Friday Bazaars”) take place every Friday from 8am to 6pm in the aforementioned parks. The parks can accommodate 20 businesswomen.AWCCI encourages businesswomen to use these permanent spots for selling their handicrafts and organic food products.


Last Modified 2018-09-05
Established 2018-09-05