The conference, which was held in Herat city on 16 December 2013, aimed at exploring the importance of coordination and networking among developmental stakeholders, as catalyst for creating and maintaining social and economic environment vital for women’s empowerment in rural areas of Afghanistan. The conference was attended among others by the Governor of Herat, members of Herat Provincial Council, provincial line directorates, district authorities, Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) leaders, civil society organisations, private sector representatives and media outlets and included several presentations and discussions among participants assessing women’s situation and sharing perspective on how to improve women’s political, social and economic participation and to raise awareness and support for women’s rights in the society. Governer Fazlullah Wahidi who was among keynote speakers of the conference said “Education is the key to peoples’ understanding of women’s rights in the society specially women themselves in order for them to better understand their rights.” Mr. Wahidi also encouraged women to nominate for and take part in the upcoming provincial council and parliamentary elections as good opportunities for women to show that they can also work in key positions in the government. Ms. Sharifa, Faryab Provincial Director of Women’s Affairs said “There are many ways to empower women such as training programmes and awareness raising about their rights and responsibilities in the society but in order to move ahead, we need to fight against wrong traditions that prevent women from participating in the society.” The conference participants highlighted the importance of initiatives to build capacity of women, increase their awareness, and create small enterprises and job opportunities that will enable women to generate incomes for their families. Increasing education and professional training opportunities for women was termed as one of the most critical and important element to reduce violence against women. The conference was one in a series of national conferences held by DACAAR during 2013 to discuss, explore and share good practices on important developmental issues related to DACAAR’s thematic areas of intervention.