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Mission Statement

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A multitude of organizations and individuals work on gender issues in Persian-speaking countries. However, they are not as connected to each other as they could be. The mission of Persian/ate Gender Network (PGN) is to establish a link and be a focal point among these practitioners, researchers, academicians, civil society, policy makers, and advocates, so that they can capitalize on their collective knowledge and synergize each other's work and efforts.

The initial focus of PGN's work program is around women's economic empowerment through employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship. It serves women in Persian speaking countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

PGN is initiated and funded by the World Bank and operated by the Tunisia-based Center for Arab Women's Training and Research (CAWTAR).

PGN refrains from political and ideological issues.


The network is set out to

  • Establish a broad and diverse membership;
  • Identify and map out individual and organizational expertise accross the globe;
  • Launch a comprehensive e-Library;
  • Provide a periodic conference;