There’s never been a better time to raise your voice for gender equality. This is particularly pressing in Afghanistan, one of the most difficult places in the world to be a woman.

Over half the population in Afghanistan lives below the poverty line and this hits women the hardest. Women and girls still face major barriers to education, employment, and participation in decision-making processes in their own homes and communities. Surveys reveal that 87% of Afghan women are illiterate and close to 90% of Afghan women and girls suffer from at least one form of abuse, including physical or psychological violence, and 70-80% face forced marriage - many before the age of 16.

Despite the many challenges they face, Afghan women hold the potential and determination to drive change. And they need our help to ensure they can achieve that potential.

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We support women across Afghanistan to claim their economic, social and political rights and learn new skills, so that they can lift themselves out of poverty, build a better future for their families, and contribute to the development of their communities.

As a trusted presence with over 35 years of experience in the country, our staff are able to approach sensitive and complicated issues, such as family planning and women’s empowerment, even in some of the most remote villages.


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