August 17, 2021
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is beyond heartbreaking. Many groups – both internationally and in the U.S. – have been working over the past 20 years to try to help the women of Afghanistan find their voices and better the lives of their sisters. Now it appears that not only is all their work in jeopardy but the lives of many women are in danger because they are now targets of their new government – the Taliban.
An important organization well-known to NOW’s Global Feminist Committee is Women for Afghan Women (WAW). Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots civil society organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. In particular, WAW works to help Afghan women and girls exercise their rights to pursue their individual potential to self-determination, and to representation in all areas of life—political, social, cultural, and economic. WAW relentlessly advocates for women’s rights and challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence to influence attitudes and bring about change.
Their website – https://womenforafghanwomen.org/ – has more information about their work and ways to donate money. Please contribute any amount you can.
NOW’s Global Feminist Committee is co-chaired by Jan Stroud, who is also the President of Montana NOW, and Kolieka Seigle, President of California NOW. The above information came to us from them.
Note: the photo on our front page is from the Women for Afghan Women’s website.