Women for Women International's Statement on the Assassination of Senior Women’s Activist in Afghanistan

Press Release

December 11, 2012 - Washington D.C. – Women for Women International (WfWI) condemns the assassination of Najia Sediqi, the regional head of the Afghan Ministry for Women’s Affairs for Laghman province. She is the second woman in that position to be killed this year, following the attack on her predecessor Hanifa Safi. Violence against women in Afghanistan is on the rise with a 22 percent increase in the last half of 2012 compared to the same time period in 2011. This violence jeopardizes not only the lives of women and girls but the well-being and prospects for future peace for all of Afghanistan.

About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has worked to provide women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with resources to move from crisis and poverty into stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI delivers these resources through a tiered, year-long program that begins with a training stipend and emotional support. Participants also learn about their legal rights; receive life-skills training such as health awareness, numeracy, budgeting and saving, decision-making and negotiation, and civic participation; learn business and vocational skills; and gain access to income-generating activities where they can apply those skills and begin moving towards economic stability. Along with helping more than 351,000 women in the past 20 years to rebuild their own lives and those of their families and communities after war, WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republicof the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.

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