Every year on 8th March, International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
In 2023, Afghanistan is one of the hardest places in the world to be a woman. A staggering 97% of the Afghan population are currently facing poverty, and at least two thirds need urgent humanitarian support to survive. But this crisis is being felt most acutely felt by Afghan women, as they face the continued erosion of their basic freedoms amidst this humanitarian emergency.
Decades of research, and our own experience, shows that when women can access the support they need, societies become more inclusive, prosperous, and strong. In Afghanistan, alongside the resilient and resourceful women and men we work with, and despite the grave operational challenges we face, we're working to make this happen. Read stories from our work below, and find out how you can get involved.
We need your help to ensure Afghan women can meet their basic needs, provide for their families and fulfil their potential.
In 2023, Afghanistan remains one of the hardest places in the world to be a woman. Our teams are reaching women like Nasrin and Amina with emergency support so they can continue to provide for their families.
On 8th March, we're asking you to take part in our virtual challenge to stand with Afghan women and their families. It's easy to get involved.
We asked one of Afghanaid's female members of staff in Afghanistan to share her view on the recent ban of women NGO workers.