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Programs & Services

YWCA Afghan Women's Employment

YWCA Afghan Women's Employment (AWE) is an employment and training program that supports Afghan refugee women in exploring and securing careers or further education in Canada. 

  • Virtual and in-person services offered in first language (Dari and Pashto) 
  • Group-based employment workshops 
  • Customized, one-to-one career planning 
  • Build connections and confidence through mentorship opportunities  
  • English conversation circle sessions 
  • Loaner laptops for participants 
  • Financial assistance for transportation and child care as needed* 
  • Community referrals and access to other YWCA and WorkBC services 

* Subject to funding and participant eligibility.  

Participants must be
  • Afghan refugee self-identified women 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Unemployed or underemployed and not a full-time student 


Next Start Date: August 12, 2024. Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Interested in joining or learning more? Fill out the form below or contact us. 

Pre-registration form



After two and a half years of online program delivery, we are happy to introduce a new hybrid model, which will continue to provide participants with the flexibility of taking some of the workshops from home, but will add the much-needed face-to-face interactions between participants and facilitators.  

For more information on the program schedule, please attend an information session or contact us.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us to discuss accommodation. 

YWCA Afghan Women's Employment
604 335 3515 | 
206 - 2540 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam, BC  V3C 3W4
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 


AWE Participant Testimonial

YWCA Afghan Women's Employment

Participants talk about their journeys and how the program helped them advance their careers.

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