Public Awareness Time Hour Organization (PATH-O)
With 63 per cent of the population in Afghanistan under the age of 25, mobilizing the capacity of youth holds great potential for social change in the country. Youth retain immense capacity that enable them to contribute towards ending conflict and insecurity in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the system of patriarchy that take advantage of Afghan girls is of particular concern – under traditional pressures, they often enter early marriage and early pregnancy and commonly face various types of gender-based violence.
Public Awareness Time Hour Organization (PATH-O), established in 2012, is a youth-led Afghan development NGO that strives to create a space for youth and children to be empowered and play a more active role in the development of their communities – especially girls. To do this PATH-O, works with the government and civil society to provide peace education in remote areas of the country that includes learning through sports, and training of leadership and life skills.
With N-Peace’s support, the organization plans to establish mixed-gender youth groups within 5 schools. PATH-O will then host regular training sessions and group meetings between these targeted youth, culminating in dialogues with government officials at the district and provincial level. In doing so, they will encourage young women within the large youth population to become prominent agents of political and social change in Afghanistan.