WAW EXPO 2019
April 30, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, The Edison Ballroom @ 240 W 47th St, New York, NY.
Co-chaired by First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Gloria Steinem.
Featuring a panel on Women and Peace in Afghanistan including Embassy Charge de Affairs and Minister Counselor/Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, Madina Qasimi, Dr. Christopher Kolenda, and New York Times Reporter Kim Barker.
Thank You for Celebrating Courage with WAW at EXPO 2019!
Thank you for making WAW EXPO 2019: #CelebrateCourage such a great success!
WAW EXPO 2019 was co-chaired by First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Gloria Steinem
2019 is the year that Women for Afghan Women celebrates the courage of Afghan women–the clients that inspire and motivate our life-saving and life-changing work.
With the incredible gains that women and girls have made in Afghanistan since 2001 at risk, the role of women in ensuring Afghan peace talks will lead to a just and durable peace took center stage at EXPO 2019 with a high-level, capitivating “Women and Peace in Afghanistan” panel discussion, moderated by journalist and author, Jenny Nordberg, with guest speakers: Madina Qasimi, Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires and Minister Counselor/Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC; Kim Barker, investigative reporter with The New York Times and author of “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan”; and Dr. Christopher Kolenda, Founder of the Strategic Leadership Academy and retired U.S. Colonel who served in Afghanistan.
WAW is particularly proud of our Director of Advocacy, Megan Corrado, who represented WAW with her powerful interventions in the panel.
EXPO 2019 was a wonderful way for our supporters and stakeholders to engage more deeply with WAW’s work experientially through:
- Interactive exhibits about WAW’s work.
- An engaging panel discussion on Women and Peace in Afghanistan.
- An all-night silent auction with products made by WAW clients and other rare and exciting items.
- A live performance by Afghan pianist Elham Fanoos.
We ask you to continue to #CelebrateCourage and our heartfelt work by DONATING to WAW!
OTHER BREAKING NEWS:
WAW takes the lead on Women and Peace in Afghanistan
In the press:
- CNN features WAW in a special report: They wanted a son so much they made their daughter live as a boy by Sheena McKenzie, featuring WAW E.D. Najia Nasim, and WAW’s work with the practice of bacha posh
- WAW Board Member, Masuda Sultan published in the New York Times with an op-ed entitled, I Met the Taliban. Women Were the First to Speak
- WAW’s Transitional Houses and Executive Director, Najia Nasim, featured in InsideOver.com’s feature, Afghan Women Imprisoned For “Moral Crimes” Women
- WAW Board Member and Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Belquis Ahmadi’s Op-Ed: “The Price of Peace in Afghanistan: Afghans want peace above all—but they aren’t willing to give up their hard-won gains to get there.”
How You Can Support WAW
Your courageous support has made WAW’s tremendous growth possible.
WAW is now the largest Afghan women’s and children’s rights organization in the world. We have over 700 full-time staff, 32 facilities, and programs in 14 provinces throughout Afghanistan. In addition, WAW’s work in the United States includes our New York Community Center and Washington, DC Advocacy Office, with plans to expand into Northern Virginia and other Afghan diaspora communities.
In 2018, WAW in the United States and Afghanistan:
- Provided services to nearly 7,000 women, children, and their families (up from 5,000 in 2017);
- Trained more than 33,000 individuals on women’s rights (up from 26,000 in 2017); and
- Provided nearly 111,000 conflict-induced internally displaced persons and refugee returnees with protection and monitoring services.
Since its founding in 2001, WAW has achieved the following:
- Provided services to nearly 38,000 women, children, and their families;
- Trained more than 362,000 individuals on women’s rights; and
- Provided nearly 723,000 conflict-induced internally displaced persons and refugee returnees with protection and monitoring services.
Your generosity over the years has inspired all of us at WAW to have courage every day and to take heart at what we can do together to protect women’s and children’s rights.
This year, we are celebrating courage at EXPO 2019: #CelebrateCourage. Buy tickets or become a sponsor , and we will show you more about our work and share the stories of immense courage needed to fulfill WAW’s mission!
Many around the world have expressed concern for the state of Afghan women. Some have initiated programs to address their problems and to alleviate their suffering. But very few have been able to tackle the situation with the understanding and dedication, the wisdom and the patience of Women for Afghan Women.
Her Excellency Rula Ghani
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.
Women for Afghan Women is committed to working towards a world in which Afghan women and girls enjoy peace, justice, equality, and the freedoms to participate in all spheres of life and live without fear. Women for Afghan Women envisions a world in which all women and their families thrive and prosper.
Afghan Women Rising
Women for Afghan Women provides life-saving and life-changing services, education, and advocacy for women and children across Afghanistan and New York who have endured human rights violations, including forced and underage marriage, attempted “honor” killings, domestic violence, ba’ad (custom of females exchanged in compensation for a crime), rape, forced prostitution, unlawful imprisonment, and barred access to education and employment.
WAW has grown from a small network of volunteers in 2001 to an organization with over 700 staff members, the vast majority of whom are Afghan and female.