ECW as a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit welfare organization came into being in the Taliban's era of ruling the country where a degrading, depressing and stifling atmosphere was imposed on Afghans. Women and girls were the worst-hit victims whose movements were badly restrained not to mention their deprivation from all basic human rights. To contribute for alleviation of women/girls' miseries and misfortunes, a group of committed and devoted Afghan women embarked on establishing Educational & Training Center for Poor Women and Girls of Afghanistan (ECW) in October, 1997.
ECW's establishment was aimed at providing resources to Afghan women and girls to assist their empowerment in terms of economy, independence and social activity. ECW is registered with Ministry of Economy (MoE) of the government of Afghanistan and has the membership of ACBAR, ANCB and AWN coordination bodies.
It was evident that there were a number of priorities after 2002 in the country therefore ECW expanded its activities to different basic and advance support for women empowerment that includes peace building, advocacy, education, capacity building. ECW's main office is located in Kabul and is working in Kunduz, Takha, Baghlan, Badakshan, Jawzjan, Faryab, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Bamyan and Daikondy province.
Since its inception ECW works to support afghan people through its programs in order to empower them and promote life statues of women. ECW is also committed to expand awareness and advocacy on women's and children rights.