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Afghanistan Programs Update — October 7, 2021

We are actively working on legal authorization to restart our Afghanistan programs and serve women survivors of war.

We continue to collaborate with our partner organizations on the ground and negotiate with the new government to secure necessary authorizations to reopen WfWI offices in Afghanistan.  We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to soon resume our programs serving the most marginalized women in Afghanistan – something we have been doing steadfastly for nearly two decades, having served over 127,000 women.  

Staff safety continues to be our utmost priority and we are diligently advocating for those who want to seek refuge internationally.  

As soon as we have legal authorization to resume operations, we will begin providing much needed support, adapting our program to the new reality in Afghanistan including focusing on women’s health and well-being. We know that humanitarian response is only possible if women participate and that is what we hope to resume at the earliest. We plan to supply women with mobile phones through which psychosocial support can be provided, and, we will also work on enabling mobile cash transfers. As we assess the needs of our program participants, your support will enable us to rapidly respond to their critical unmet needs. 

We are grateful for the generosity of our supporters worldwide. Your unwavering support over these past months only reinforces our commitment to help our Afghan women rebuild their lives and realize their full potential so they in turn can support their families and communities. 

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As Afghanistan faces increasing violence and uncertainty, women need your support more than ever. Make an emergency gift today to provide a lifeline for women in all the countries we work during their time of need.