This year, WAW is celebrating the courage it takes for survivors—women, girls, and their families—to step forward, seek help, and speak out. We celebrate the courage of our staff as they protect and serve, especially in Afghanistan under threats from the Taliban, Islamic State, and other extremist groups. We celebrate the courage of our loyal friends and supporters like you who continue to stand with us, in the midst of national and international hostility to immigrants, refugees, and Islam. With you and our collective courage, we are deeply and positively impacting lives.

At the root of the word courage is the French word for HEART, coeur. Our work at WAW, every day, is full of COURAGE and HEART.

This year, we are asking friends and supporters to #CelebrateCourage and WAW’s heartfelt work by donating to our life-saving and life-changing work!

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 US includes our New York Community Center and Washington, DC advocacy office, with plans to expand into Northern Virginia and other Afghan immigrant and refugee communities.

Every year, we reach 5,000 women, children, and families with life-saving and life-changing services and educate 25,000 men and women in Afghanistan on women’s rights as human rights to encourage culture change. Since our founding, WAW has served 31,000+ people with critical services and 350,000+ with human rights education.


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