Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Dr. Sima Samar founded the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) with the aim of providing affordable, top-notch higher education to young Afghan women. GIHE believes that by creating space for young female students, it can help make a significant difference in the long-term situation of women in Afghanistan. Since its establishment, GIHE has enrolled hundreds of students in its Political Science, Law, and Economics & Management departments and has the highest proportion of female students of any university in Afghanistan.
GIHE is a multi-year grantee.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network created 26 full scholarships for women to attend GIHE from 2016-19.
A 2012 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network created 20 full scholarships for women to attend GIHE. A 2013 grant supported this group of women as they worked towards completing their degrees. These grants were renewed in 2014 and 2015.