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Afghanistan: Two Years Later

Two years after the fall of Kabul, women in Afghanistan have lost access to their hard-earned rights, education, and jobs. Urgent action is needed.

Women’s lives have completely changed over the past two years in Afghanistan. Afghan women have lost most of their most basic freedoms – the freedom to wear what they want, to leave their homes, work where they please, or go to school.

Twenty years of progress was wiped out overnight. According to Human Rights Watch, there is no other country in the world where women’s basic rights are more restricted than Afghanistan.

Despite all the hardships they face, Afghan women have not given up hope or the will to shape their own lives. It's time to support Afghan women to build the future they want.

The situation in Afghanistan right now:
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20 million Afghans are food insecure, 6.1 million are on the brink of famine, and 85% of the population is living in poverty

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Since the ban on women working for international NGOs, 93% of humanitarian groups have trouble accessing women

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Girls are being sold into marriage or adopted for fees to offset household costs

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Girls’ secondary education has been banned, women are not allowed to work, and burqas are mandated 

How you can get involved:


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Since the ban on women working for international NGOs by the Taliban, UN Women estimates that 93% of humanitarian groups have trouble accessing women. 

Women for Women International is one of the few organizations able to provide direct services to women in Afghanistan right now.

Your emergency gift will provide cash transfers and psycho-social support for Afghan women who cannot leave their homes as well as vocational training such as tailoring or animal husbandry so they can become financially self-sufficient. 

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Support A Sister

When you Support a Sister over the course of a year, you help her regain her power.

Help provide a monthly stipend for food, clothes, and shelter; trade and business skills training; strategies for navigating a landscape of shrinking women's rights.


The international response has lacked any real action and it’s time for Afghan women to lead the way as they fight for their rights and try to rebuild their shattered communities. Join us to demand:

  1. In addition to immediate aid, longer-term funding to Afghan women-led initiatives that provide jobs and vocational training for Afghan women to re-enter the workforce.  

  1. Education for ALL Afghan women and girls. 

  1. Afghans be allowed to access their personal, private funds as an urgent priority. 

Women for Women International is bringing these demands to governments and policymakers ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Add your name to help make sure Afghan women’s voices are heard.  

COMMUNICATE: Hear from Afghan women and use your voice to elevate theirs by sharing their stories. 

Surviving, Not Living in Afghanistan - Podcast Episode 2

Women’s lives have got a lot harder in Afghanistan. Unable to work, go to school or leave their homes without a male guardian, they are struggling to adapt to new restrictions imposed by the de facto government. In this episode, Nisha talks to Afghan women about what it feels like to lose basic freedoms and what makes them stronger against all the odds.

“Where I Am Going and Where I Am” Report

The personal and professional opportunities and challenges facing Afghan women human rights defenders outside Afghanistan 

In August 2021, many Afghan women’s rights activists (WRAs) and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) fled Afghanistan out of fear for their safety and security under the new regime. Nearly a year later, Women for Women International and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) share a report and policy brief outlining key findings and recommendations based on research and outreach to Afghan WRAs/WHRDs that have continued their advocacy for women in Afghanistan – from all over the world. Their insights help us understand how we can support them in overcoming their personal and professional challenges as refugees and asylum seekers, as well as how to take advantage of the opportunities to support their work and leadership of the Afghan women’s rights movement.

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Women for Women International is a global organization dedicated to serving women survivors of war and conflict. Through our programs, women learn the skills they need to rebuild their families and communities.  

We have operated in Afghanistan since 2002 – and we are here to stay. We’ve reached more than 127,000 women in Afghanistan to date and, with your help, will expand our programs and serve even more women in 2023 and beyond. 

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Women in Afghanistan are suffering prison-like conditions. By joining Stand With Her, you will help one woman on her journey of resistance. Give an Afghan woman the tools she needs to escape violence, rise from