To bolster service and security for the thousands of women and children housed and supported in our shelters, and to continue providing professional representation in cases of human rights violations.
Despite some recent progress, women and children in Afghanistan still suffer staggering human rights violations daily, and lack access to education in rural areas. An estimated 60 - 80% of women face forced marriages in Afghanistan; thousands of women, such as our former shelter resident, Bibi Ayesha, face sexual and gender-based violence that leaves them disfigured, homeless and sometimes suicidal. The future of Afghanistan depends greatly on its ability to grant human rights to all citizens.
This project will allow us to maintain and fortify our security and resources in five centers and shelters in the fight to secure basic human rights for all Afghans - particularly women and children - amid increasingly dangerous operating conditions.
Instead of relying solely on the unpredicatable policies of national governments and military forces to secure the basic rights and well-being of Afghan women and children, this program will ensure that this ongoing need is fulfilled for thousands.
A brief video about what WAW does
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Eye-opening NY Times article - February 2011