"Women Are As Strong As Rocks"

Kawsar Rahimi, an Afghan artist who is also a newcomer to Canada, pays tribute to Afghan, Ukrainian and other women fighting for their rights and meanwhile protecting their children and families. Your Breaking Bread ticket will give you access to Kawsar's personal story which she recorded for this program as well as other women and girls.

Our second annual virtual Breaking Bread program focuses on the growing crisis women, girls and families face in Afghanistan. Join our program and hear from women and girls, including sisters, Farhat and Kawsar. 

Register today: Virtual Breaking Bread 2022

This year’s on-demand virtual Breaking Bread program will launch on June 21 with a link to the on-demand virtual program and an invitation to a live discussion on Thursday, June 23. The live discussion will be recorded, giving ticket holders access to participate in the full program – when you want – and where you want.

  • Updates about our work in Afghanistan since August 2021,  from Lauryn Oates, Executive Director; Murwarid Ziayee, Senior Director; and Abdul Rahim Parwani, DDL Content Manager.
  • Guest speakers including Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of Girls Not Brides
  • A music video, art and video stories shared with us by Afghan women
  • Recipes including an eggplant tomato dish, Afghan dumplings and sultana loaf
  • Cultural content from the Afghan community
  • And so much more!

Sign up now. For the second year, we are bringing ticket holders a fabulous virtual program.

“Friends of CW4WAfghan” Zoom live event Thursday, June 23
at 4pm PT / 5pm MT / 7pm ET

In addition, your ticket includes an invitation to join the live kick-off event featuring keynote speaker Homeira Qaderi, celebrated Afghan novelist of her own story, Dancing in the Mosque; CW4WAfghan leadership team members Lauryn Oates and Murwarid Ziayee, and pre-recorded video messages from journalists Sally Armstrong and Mellissa Fung, as well as a discussion among YOU – our special guests.

Note: if you have a schedule conflict, we have you covered. The live discussion will be recorded and shared with all ticket holders to view on-demand.

The tradition continues

My name is Janice Eisenhauer and as co-founder of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan several decades ago, I invite you to host a Breaking Bread to build awareness and raise funds.

Breaking Bread Events, with their unique and life-affirming combination of food, friends and fundraising, have formed a vital part of our grassroots support. Our Chapters and donors have helped us raise over $8.5 million to support Afghan women and girls since our inception in 1998. The large majority of our donations come from individual donors with ongoing support from all of our chapter members and volunteers. 

Take part in this year’s national virtual event, but also consider hosting a Breaking Bread of your own. Host it Thursday, June 23 and listen from your location to our keynote speakers together with friends or family. Or host on another day, and have access to the virtual program to share with anyone who comes to your Breaking Bread.

Why Host a Breaking Bread?

The Breaking Bread fundraising activities are one of CW4WAfghan’s most important sources of revenue that ensure we can continue to run high quality programs.

As we gain confidence in gathering once again, we are sharing ideas for you to gather to break bread together.

Host Friends or Family

Breaking Bread is about gathering. It is about sharing. As we begin to meet in person again, consider raising awareness and funds in one of these ways:

  • Potlucks: asking everyone to bring a dish is a traditional Breaking Bread and it is easy for everyone
  • Lunch
  • A themed coffee or tea
  • Bake Sale
  • Birthday party: whether your birthday, or someone else’s invite friends or family to celebrate and use the time to build awareness about the challenges secondary school girls face in Afghanistan

In Person Breaking Bread Is Back

On November 20th, Denise Jamieson hosted our first in-person Breaking Bread since the start of the pandemic.

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Denise held her first BB in 2004 and has hosted many more during the last 17 years. This one was extra special for Denise. “It was the first time I have had that many people in my house at once since the pandemic started. 

Denise first learned about Breading Bread events in a Chatelaine magazine article in 2003 and has since hosted many BB events as well as volunteering as the race director for the Secret Race Marathon 3K run.

“Canadian journalist and rights activist Sally Armstrong wrote a story about the woman who hosted the first BB in Toronto. I learned how a business woman raised $750 to pay for a teacher’s annual salary by inviting 10 people to share a potluck meal and asking each guest to contribute $75. I was very moved by this article, but at the time, as a stay at home Mom with a young family we couldn’t afford $75 and I didn’t feel I could ask friends to contribute that much money. But the article really resonated with me and about a year later I called that woman in Toronto who had created the event to ask if I could put my own spin on a Breaking Bread gathering. So instead of inviting 10 people I asked lots of people to come and to bring drinks or dessert and a contribution of any amount. In that first event, we raised over $1500 and I was so thrilled.

Did You Know?

Click here and meet journalist and author Sally Armstrong, CW4WAfghan Board Chair Laila Rashid, Executive Director Lauryn Oates and founder Janice Eisenhauer in this live chat from Breaking Bread 2021.

Food Brings Us Together

Ideas for recipes, music, and activities you might consider when planning your Breaking Bread activity.

Stories From An Afghan Kitchen
Breaking Bread is an indispensible expression of Afghan identity. Afghanistan lies on the ancient silk road, where goods, ideas and philosophies were traded.
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Chaat Masala
Durkhanai makes Chaat Masala in her Adelaide kitchen, and you can too! Learn what you need to make this spice blend.
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Recipes From The Women of Takhar
Download the Recipe Book prepared by the women graduates from the Afghanistan Reads! program
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Breaking Bread is an indispensible expression of Afghan identity.

Afghanistan lies on the ancient silk road, where goods, ideas and philosophies were traded.

Durkhanai makes Chaat Masala in her Adelaide kitchen, and you can too!

Learn what you need to make this spice blend.

Afghan Music Playlists

Immerse yourself in the rich world of Afghan music from popular songs to traditional ballads.

Book and Brunch

Our Ottawa Chapter Hosted a Book n Brunch, and this is another great way to gather virtually, or in person.  Click each image for summaries of the books, and book club discussion questions for Dancing in the Mosque.

Support Afghan Women and Girls

Learn how your donation supports our programs in Afghanistan.