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 the Panel on Women and Peace in Afghanistan, including Afghan Ambassador to the US H.E. Roya Rahmani, Belquis Ahmadi, Dr. Christopher Kolenda, and Dr. Barnett Rubin.
Celebrate Courage at WAW EXPO 2019!
Join us at WAW EXPO 2019: #CelebrateCourage! Co-chaired by First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Gloria Steinem.
This year, Women for Afghan Women celebrates the courage that inspires and drives our work with you–our supporters by inviting you to join us at WAW’s EXPO 2019 to learn more about our clients, staff, board, and volunteers, as well as our life-saving and life-changing work, experientially!
- EXPO 2019 will present interactive exhibits about WAW’s work and an engaging panel discussion on Women and Peace in Afghanistan.
- Our all-night Silent Auction will feature products made by WAW clients and other rare and exciting items.
- WAW EXPO 2019 will celebrate a new beginning with WAW’s Executive Director, Najia Nasim, who will speak to our supporters, friends, and partners in the U.S. for the first time in her new role.
- A live performance by Afghan pianist Elham Fanoos.
OTHER BREAKING NEWS:
- Najia Nasim on Aljazeera English TV: “Will peace with the Taliban threaten Afghan women?”
- WAW Op-Ed published in The Hill, “Don’t Sacrifice Afghan Women’s Freedom’s for a Flawed Peace Deal,” by WAW Executive Director, Najia Nasim, and WAW Advocacy Director, Megan Corrado.
- WAW Executive Director, Najia Nasim quoted in Afghan women ‘too emotional’ for leadership and have enough rights, domestic survey claims and Afghan men oppose more women’s rights; elders less hardline.
- WAW Advocacy Director Megan Corrado quoted in Fear of Abandonment: Nobody is thinking about Afghan women in the US-Taliban peace talks.
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 788 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 31,000 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 elevate 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.