- May 20, 2022 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women Open Virginia Community Center to Help Serve Influx of Afghan Refugees: Alexandria field office to provide direct support, training to new Afghan refugees
- May 14, 2022 | (New York, NY) Media Advisory: Women for Afghan Women to Open Virginia Community Center to Help Serve Influx of Afghan Refugees
- March 30, 2022 | (New York, NY) Statement from Leadership of Women for Afghan Women on Events of March 30, 2022_IN ENGLISH
- March 30, 2022 | (New York, NY) Statement from Leadership of Women for Afghan Women on Events of March 30, 2022_IN DARI
- March 30, 2022 | (New York, NY) Statement from Leadership of Women for Afghan Women on Events of March 30, 2022_IN PASHTU
- August 15, 2021 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women (WAW) appeals for all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to respect the sanctity of life and all human rights
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) calls for support as it initiates emergency response, suspends services, and evacuates clients and staff from centers across Afghanistan
- April 15, 2021 | (New York, NY) WAW's Statement on the Announcement of US and NATO Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) urges a responsible withdrawal to safeguard decades of progress and the rights of all Afghans, particularly women and girls
- June 12, 2020 | (New York, NY) WAW Resolute in its Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) calls for new strategies to ensure equal access, opportunity, and rights for communities of color
- December 10 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women (WAW) Announced as Complete Count Fund Awardee-NYC: WAW joins citywide effort to ensure a fair and complete count (Census 2020)
- July 30 | (Washington, DC) Policy Statement for Democratic Candidates: Towards a Sustainable Peace in Afghanistan | Recommendations issued by Women for Afghan Women, Common Defense, and All in Peace Movement
- April 20 | (New York, NY) Afghan-American Leaders from Women for Afghan Women and Diaspora Meet with the Taliban in Doha
- April 19 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women Deploys to Doha
- April 3 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women Announces Expo 2019 Honorary Co-Chairs and Speakers
- March 15 | (New York, NY) Statement on the Mass Shootings in New Zealand
- December 12 | (New York, NY) Women for Afghan Women (WAW) Endorses the International Sanctuary Principles Statement
- December 10 | (Washington, DC) Women for Afghan Women (WAW) Endorses the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act -#HumanRightsDay!
- October 31 | (New York, NY) WAW's Statement on the Mass Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue
Women for Afghan Women condemns the violence that took the lives of 11 innocent victims
- June 18 | (New York, NY) WAW Condemns AG Sessions' Decision on Domestic Violence Asylum Seekers
Unilateral action in the Matter of A-B seen as a subversion of principles of human rights and refugee law
- April 26 | (New York, NY) WAW Receives Major Expo Sponsorships, Announces Panel Headliners WAW Receives Major Expo Sponsorships, Announces Panel Headliners
Abigail Disney and Kimberly Motley join the panels at WAW’s Expo 2018: #ByHerSide
- February 12 | (New York, NY) WAW Announces Resignation of Executive Director WAW Announces Resignation of Executive Director
WAW's Executive Director Manizha Naderi will transition from her current role by the end of 2018 after nearly 17 years of unwavering, passionate service
August 15 | (New York, NY) WAW Statement on Events in Charlottesville WAW condemns the violence that took the life of Heather Heyer and injured others
May 19 | (New York, NY) Dynamic Human Rights Lawyer Joins WAW at Critical Juncture for Afghan Women WAW hires attorney and policy specialist, Megan Corrado, as new Advocacy Manager at WAW’s Washington DC Office
April 20th | (New York, NY) Five Foundations Award $750,000 to Women for Afghan Women Philanthropic consortium including Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation invests in expanding WAW’s work.
January 17th | (New York, NY) WAW Taking 45 Clients to Women's March on Washington, D.C. WAW prepares clients for march in support of women’s rights
November 11 | (New York, NY) Statement on 2016 US Presidential Elections
WAW's Message to Supporters and to the People of the United States
September 22 | (New York, NY) | Lutheran Social Services of New York’s Immigration Legal Program and WAW Receive Grant to Fund Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services
September 19 | (New York, NY) | WAW Condemns recent attacks in the United States (New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota) WAW shifts resources to address the safety of the community and reaches out to local authorities and community leaders to work towards a long-term response to these times of crises.
June 22 | (New York, NY) | Afghan, LGBTQ, Muslim, and South Asian Communities' Town Hall Meeting in Response to Orlando Shooting WAW Organizes Public Town Hall Meeting with 12 Community Representatives to Discuss the Orlando Massacre
June 15 | (New York, NY) | WAW Stands in Solidarity with the LGBTQ Community in its Condemnation of the Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida WAW calls for a Town Hall Meeting in NYC with community leaders and partners to address the Orlando Massacre
March 4 | (New York, NY) | WAW Featured in George W. Bush Institute's Publication, "We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope Book launch scheduled for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, (New York, NY) March 30, 2022
As members of the senior leadership and the Board of Directors of Women for Afghan Women (WAW), a US-based NGO, it is imperative that we clarify the legitimacy of the meeting in Kabul between two former board members and Taliban authorities. While we recognize the past leadership of the former board and staff members who attended this meeting, they do not represent WAW or our policies, and they are not authorized to make any contractual arrangements on behalf of the organization.
As a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls, Women for Afghan Women (WAW) has worked tirelessly since its founding in 2001 to provide life changing, community-based programs to thousands of Afghan women, children and families throughout Afghanistan and the United States.
Amidst unprecedented challenges to our work brought on by the political, economic, and humanitarian upheaval that has gripped Afghanistan since August 2021, WAW continues to do our best to support those who remain in Afghanistan and also Afghan refugees in the United States. The pressures and complexities of trying to continue services and support under a new regime have been extreme. Security issues have led to unlawful detentions, harassment and threats to WAW staff, facilities and resources.
Still, our dedicated team continues to do what they can to safely and securely provide as much support and assistance to Afghan women and girls as possible. We have helped thousands of women and girls across Afghanistan receive critical financial assistance so they can meet their basic needs, such as food, shelter, healthcare and education. And we have successfully helped hundreds of WAW staff, clients and their families evacuate the country to safety.
The WAW team in the United States has rapidly scaled up our operations and support for Afghan women and girls who have been evacuated, including work to help relocate and support transitions to new homes, as well as the opening of a new resource center in Virginia that will serve thousands of Afghan refugees who now live in the region.
As our work continues, we are partnering with other organizations working in Afghanistan to expand our reach and provide additional humanitarian support to more women, girls, and families in need, including the critical distribution of food and other healthcare goods. Like many other aid and development organizations, WAW continues to assess on a daily basis the best ways for our team to work in a way that holds true to our commitment to women and girls, while ensuring staff and clients are not put in harm’s way.
We want to recognize the contributions of WAW founder and former Board chairperson Sunita Viswanath and former Board person Masuda Sultan while also clarifying that they are no longer formally involved with WAW as an organization in the US or in Afghanistan. For further clarification, Mr. Seyed Moheb Haqiq is no longer WAW’s Afghanistan Country Director. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we stand together to serve Afghan women and girls.
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Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural, and economic. WAW advocates for women’s rights and challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.