Afghan Women and Girl's Survival Fund

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Afghan Women and Girl's Survival Fund

The recent destructive earthquake in Afghanistan killed 1,000 people and left nearly 1,500 wounded and without a home. This was the deadliest earthquake to hit the region in two decades. Thanks to your generosity, MADRE’s Afghan Women’s Survival Fund immediately responded with emergency support to ensure that women and families have food, water, medical care, and other necessities as they begin the painful work of rebuilding their lives and communities.

Since the Taliban’s takeover, Afghan women’s leadership in addressing the food insecurity crisis and distributing humanitarian relief has proved especially important. Given that women and girls face persecution, it is even more difficult to get their needs met. Channeling resources into the hands of local women leaders and activists is essential–enabling them to equitably reach and provide relief to women and their families while establishing themselves as leaders in their communities.

MADRE’s Afghan Women’s Survival Fund partners directly with local activists and organizations that are too often at the margins of philanthropy but who best understand the context, the urgent needs of families, and the centrality of women’s rights as a matter of justice and as necessary to building community resilience.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover, MADRE will continue to provide grants to further sustain in-country programming for the long-term that will support women and girls during this protracted crisis and enable the continuity of Afghan women's organizations, including underground and in exile. Notably, MADRE has launched initiatives to facilitate trauma management, prevent gender-based violence, address forced marriages for girls, and continue girls’ education efforts. As one university student and former director of a girl's school said, "women have a role to play in this difficult time in our history."

Thank you for helping to make this critical work possible.

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Since the Taliban takeover, MADRE has accelerated financial aid to meet the urgent needs of local women's organizations and activists in Afghanistan through grants that resource the work of women leaders to sustain their communities and build peace. With your support, MADRE’s rapid response grants have continued to enable Afghan women leaders and local organizations to provide vital humanitarian aid to meet the immediate needs of Afghan communities and mobilize security, protection, and relocation efforts. 

In addition to resourcing urgent relief work, MADRE has provided for the housing and living expenses of over 600 displaced women human rights defenders in Kabul and in rural provinces, many of whom are the primary breadwinners and heads of household. MADRE is further funding stipends for partner organizations' staff, such as individuals running shelters and safehouses, who have been working without a salary for several months. 

Lastly, MADRE also funded a local organization to employ two female psychotherapists to provide 100 women activists in Kabul with secure individual and/or group counseling. As an activist shared, “This program really helped me and I was able to fight the hardships and problems of relocation in a great spirit and in the right way.” Another young woman stated, “In the future, I have plans to solve life's problems and serve my people in every possible way, as well as to be a useful person in this society. Thank you for the support enabling us to get back our energies and to keep going on.”

This financial and psychosocial support ensures that women leaders are able to meet their own and their families’ needs, which in turn allows them to re-engage in their work for a peaceful and gender-just Afghan society. 

With your generous donations, MADRE will continue to support women and girls during the ongoing crisis and enable the continuity of Afghan women's organizations, including underground and in exile. 

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Since the Taliban takeover, MADRE has accelerated funding to local women's organizations and activists in Afghanistan to provide grants that resource the work of women leaders to sustain their communities and build peace. With your generous donation through GlobalGiving, MADRE is proud to report that we’ve already disbursed over $500,000 through our Afghan Women and Girl’s Survival Fund in support of Afghan women and girl activists, human rights defenders and their families experiencing conflict, economic disparity and drought, reaching nearly 6,500 Afghans at-risk—both in-country and as refugees. 

For example, to alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis in rural areas and in the capital city of Kabul, MADRE resourced local women activists and networks to provide over 2,000 women and their family members with access to life-saving aid like fuel, medical care, clothing, food, and water. MADRE has funded similar relief efforts for over 3,000 Afghan women, girl and transgender refugees across the border in Pakistan. 

MADRE’s Afghan Women and Girl’s Survival Fund has further supported recent relocation, shelter and safe passage efforts that prioritize support to at-risk groups such as LGBTIQ people and those from ethnic minorities. Over the past four months, we’ve been able to ensure the safety of over 1,000 women and girl human rights defenders/activists and their families–both inside and outside of Afghanistan–through resourcing visas and asylum, legal aid, emergency transport as well as funding families willing to house activists at great personal risk.We have further resourced the living expenses for over 600 displaced women human rights defenders in Afghanistan, who are also teachers, midwives and primary breadwinners, so that they can continue their activism and enhance their economic activities. 

Thank you for standing with MADRE and our Afghan partners– we could not do this life-saving work without you!

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MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Yifat Susskind
New York, NY United States
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