The situation

In 2024, Afghanistan has been named as the hardest place in the world to be a woman. 

Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the subsequent withdrawal of international assistance, freezing of assets and drought, a deteriorating humanitarian emergency has taken its grip on the country. Hunger has hit record highs: a staggering 15.8 million people are currently experiencing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity in Afghanistan.

Women and their children are bearing the brunt of the crisis, with an estimated four million pregnant and lactating women and children under five currently facing acute malnourishment. Resourceful, resilient women have been central to the survival of their families this past year. But recent restrictions on their ability to participate in public life mean that, despite their invaluable contributions to their families and wider communities, much of the female population are unable to help contribute to their household income or find ways to keep their children fed despite the intensifying crisis.

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Our solution

During this grave humanitarian emergency, women in Afghanistan need help to feed themselves and their families, now. Delivering urgent and lifesaving assistance, such as emergency cash, food parcels and animal feed, is a vital first step in helping women rebuild their lives and livelihoods and shape brighter futures for their families. 

In addition, we work with rural women so they have the skills, resources and confidence needed to cultivate their own food. From establishing home nurseries to developing dairy processing skills, we're enabling women to harness their untapped potential to feed their children whilst alleviating pressure on overstretched male family members.

Sowing seeds of change

Amena is providing for her family through her flourishing home garden.

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Despite the limits placed on their basic freedoms, Afghan women hold the potential and determination to get their families through difficult times. Decades of research, and our own experience, shows that when women can access the support they need, societies become more inclusive, prosperous, and strong.

How you can help

We need your continued support to help women meet their basic needs, provide for their families and rebuild. Become a member of our loyal giving community and set up a regular gift, or make a one-off donation below:

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We could not do what we do without you - any support you give means a huge amount to us and will make a real difference to the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan, now and in the future.