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Janice Eisenhauer BA (Hon) '99 (international development studies)

Janice Eisenhauer BA (Hon) '99 (international development studies)


Janice Eisenhauer, LLD (Hon), AOE, MSC 
Executive Director, CW4WAfghan

Janice Eisenhauer holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (2016) and Honour’s BA in International Development Studies from the University of Calgary. The topic of her 1999 honour's thesis was on the empowerment of women in Afghanistan, and the early beginnings of her life-long work.

Janice is volunteer Executive Director and co-founding member of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (, a non-religious, non-political, federally registered Canadian charity. Over the past two decades, she has managed the day-to-day activities of the National Office, working closely with volunteer members, the Board of Directors and 20 Afghan staff in Kabul.

The organization goals are to ensure effective long-term sustainable education programs for Afghan women and their families, and to engage Canadians as global citizens. Members have raised over $8 million since 1998, resulting in hundreds of education projects being implemented in Afghanistan. These projects benefit an average of 40,000 students annually and include the training of 9,000 Afghan teachers, setting up 250 school libraries and science labs, and funding for a community girls school.

Janice Eisenhauer has received many awards for her long-standing community work and volunteerism, including the 2014 City of Calgary’s Signature Award for bringing international acclaim to the city, the Alberta Order of Excellence (2015), an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary (2016), and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (2018).