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Afghanistan: One Year Later

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

Women’s lives have completely changed in the past year in Afghanistan. Afghan women have lost many of their most basic freedoms – the freedom to wear what they want, to leave their homes, or to study at secondary school – they have lost their hard-earned rights. 

Afghan women are struggling to feed themselves and their families – 23 million Afghans don’t have enough to eat. 

Despite all the hardships they face, Afghan women have not given up the will to shape their own lives. And we, at Women for Women International, have not given up our role supporting them to do it.

It's time to support Afghan women to build the future they want. lt's time to #ActWithAfghanWomen 

How you can get involved:



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The situation in Afghanistan right now:
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23 million Afghans are facing starvation and 97% of the population is living with less than 2 dollars/day

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The UN’s appeal for Ukraine is already 80% funded for this year, but Afghanistan is only 38% percent funded

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Girls are being sold into marriage or adopted for fees to offset the growing poverty 

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


It’s been nearly a year since the fall of Kabul and the situation continues to worsen for Afghan women.

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.  


Give an emergency donation to help us reach as many women as possible in Afghanistan. Right now, you can make TWICE the impact—All donations will be matched up to $100,000. 

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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Amplify their Voices

Use your power to amplify the voices of the women in Afghanistan who are not being heard. 

Join Women for Women International to act with Afghan women today – share their words on your social media channels and make the world hear them.

Download the toolkit, choose a quote and take action! 

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

Surviving, Not Living in Afghanistan - Podcast Episode 2

In just one year, 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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Afghanistan has plunged into economic and political crisis. Women are starving and have lost access to their hard-earned rights, education, and jobs. But you can help.