Show your support for Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre
Mary Akrami, founder of Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre

For women and girls escaping violence, a shelter can provide a life line. In Afghanistan, there were no shelters where women and girls could escape the violence that is endemic in the country. 

That was until 2002 when the amazing work of Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre (AWSDC) changed things!

Pioneering women’s rights

This group of pioneering women’s rights activists set up the first ever shelter. Today there are around 20 shelters, which offer long term support, they also provide practical skills and support for women, including counselling and classes in literacy, computing, dressmaking and English classes. This support can help survivors start to rebuild their lives. 

It is thanks to their amazing work, despite difficult circumstances, that today AWSDC has helped 1389 women, girls and dependents. 

Vital work

AWSDC staff carry out vital work at great personal risk and face threats, intimidation and attacks.

‘..there is no protection for human rights defenders like us. No one is thinking of us and what will happen to us.’
Mary Akrami, founder of AWSDC

This is why we are asking you to send them a message of support to let Mary and her colleagues know that you are thinking of them as they carry out their vital and dangerous work. 

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Dear members of ADSDC

We are thinking of you and sending our best wishes Stay strong! Sharon, David, Gareth and Simon

On behalf of the staff and students of Godalming College in England I would like to express my admiration for the excellent work you do and wish you strength and courage. Yours in solidarity.

On behalf of the staff and students of Godalming College in England I would like to express my admiration for the excellent work you do and wish you strength and courage. Yours in solidarity.

Dear members of AWSDC,
I am inspired by your work in the face of adversity, and send you my love and best wishes.
Jo

Dear members of AWSDC,

I admire your tremendous courage and offer you solidarity from my home in the UK.
Helen Boothroyd

Dear members of AWSDC,

I write to you to wish you well. I admire your strength and courage. Many of us around the world support you.

David Tucker. Bolton. England.

Dear Friends at AWSDC, I have been reading about your remarkable work. Keep strong and courageous knowing that many people across the world are supporting you. Best wishes to you all.
Julia (Sussex)

Dear Friends at AWSDC

Your courage in carrying out such important work is an inspiration. I wish you all the best for 2014.

Rae (East Sussex, UK)

Dear friends at AWSDC,

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Best wishes,

Patricia Ash (Shetland Group)

We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. The day will dawn.
With admiration and good wishes,
Graeme and Sibyl Brown - Orkney Group

I stand with you. I wish you strength and courage in your important work.
Best wishes,
Emma (Kent, UK)

I am thinking of you and wish you well with your important work. I admire your courage. Stay strong and best wishes for 2014

Good luck with your vital work in the New Year.

With very best wishes to you for the life changing work that you carry out.
Jane
Nottingham, UK

Thinking of you all and admiring your courage. Stay strong.
Love
Judith
x

We admire your courage and strength.We stand with you in solidarity.
Stella Eusebio

You are not alone and we admire your strength and courage. Best Wishes for 2014

You are in our thoughts and we wish you strength and courage.

Ron and Caroline Ingerson

UK

Dear Friends,

I wish you Deep Peace now and always,

from Deirdre O'Reilly

Dear Friends at AWSDC

I stand with you in solidarity
and wish you strength and courage.

With peace and light

Dear Friends at AWSDC, I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. John Watkinson.

Me and my family stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. Please know that you are not forgotten.

Dear Friends at AWSDC I admire your courage and strength and stand with you in solidarity in what you are doing. JudyV

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Best wishes to you all,
Elizabeth

Your courage in standing up for the rights of women is truly inspiring.
I stand by you in solidarity

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
Your work does not go unnoticed. I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. I will continue to follow your work in the future. You are an inspiration to women throughout the world.
Best wishes to you all
Susan C
UK

You are so brave. In solidarity with you as you continue your important work. With best wishes, Kate.

You make a big difference to the lives of women and speak up for them. I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Teri, UK

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I am both inspired and humbled by the work you do. I would like you to know that my wife and I are with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Malcolm May,
Scotland, UK

It's so inspiring to hear of your work to protect women and girls in a dangerous situation. Keep going - you will win through in the end.

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I am inspired by your work challenging violence and making lives better for women. I am ashamed of the men who make your work necessary. I wish you continued success and bravery in your struggle and will follow news of your work with great interest.

Colin Telford UK

Dear friends at AWSDC

You are carrying out important work and are making a difference to so many women's lives. I respect your work and wish you strength and courage.

In solidarity
Ann

Your courage in the face of threats and attacks is so inspiring. I wish you courage, safety and success in your efforts. I send my total admiration.

Dear Friends of AWSDC

At this special time of year remember I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage

Maggie Monteath

Haslemere Amnesty, UK

Remember that there are people all over the world supporting you in your vital work. I am full of admiration for your bravery and stand in solidarity with you as you fight for equality.
With best wishes to all at AWSDC.
Sarah

Never forget that you are not alone. I hope that soon your struggle will be over and you will have the rights and freedom you deserve.
All my love and best wishes, for now and for the future, Kat.

Messages from Cheadle Hulme School's Write for Rights Campaign (Manchester, UK)

"Dear friends at AWSDC, I hope that you all get the rights you deserve, and have a happy Christmas. You are not alone" - Zakariyya

" Dear friends at AWSDC, we support you in your struggle, and hope that one day you will have the freedom to say and do what you wish to say and do." - Annabelle

"Dear friends at AWSDC, never give up, things will change" - Tom

"Dear friends at AWSDC, Amnesty International is here for you, stay strong! You are not forgotten" - Jess

"To the women of AWSDC, we support you in your struggle and wish you the best" - Helen, Ella and Maddie

Dear friends at AWSDC,

Know that your work does not go unnoticed, and that in addition to the women you help you are also an inspiration to me and everyone that I know. I hope one day to be brave enough to help make a difference in the same way that you continue to do so. The world needs people like you.

I wish you all the luck in the world - you certainly deserve it.

Ollie. (London)

Forty five members of St Davids Uniting Church in Pontypridd, Wales, signed a card on Sunday, with Christmas greetings to you at AWSDC. We are thinking of you. We are also raising money for women's rights in Afghanistan.

You are doing great work under very difficult circumstances; keep it up !

Peter C Stone Henley-on-Thames

Dear friends at AWSDC,

Wishing uou strength, courage and abundant blessings.

You are a force for positive change and I stand with you in solidarity!

Liz Edwards

Dear friends at AWSDC,
You inspire me every day with your courage and resilience.
I and my colleagues here at AIUK stand in solidarity with you all.
I will not stop raising awareness of the challenges and dangers you face in your vital work.
You are amazing. I salute you!
Best wishes
Angus Watson
80b Fairlawn Park, London, SE26 5RX, England, UK

Dear friends at AWSDC,
You inspire me every day with your courage and resilience.
I and my colleagues here at AIUK stand in solidarity with you all.
I will not stop raising awareness of the challenges and dangers you face in your vital work.
You are amazing. I salute you!
Best wishes
Angus Watson
80b Fairlawn Park, London, SE26 5RX, England, UK

Dear all at AWSDC,

I admire the courageous work you are doing to tackle violence against women and promote women's rights in Afghanistan. Keep strong.

With best wishes for the future,

Francine Miller

To the good people of the Afghan Women's Skills Development Centre,
I want to send you my thanks for your courage and commitment in standing for women's rights where they are so widely ignored.
Please know your pioneering work is valued and admired, every step towards equality is vital for reaching that goal.
Love and best wishes
David

Sending my very best wishes to the brave campaigners of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre who are doing such good work to help tackle the violence and inequality which so many Afghan women face. Good luck for the future. Keep strong
Jane Wood

my family and I stand in solidarity and admiration for the work you do, and wish you strength to continue your vital work. warmest wishes, from Cullercoats Uk, Anna and Family

Dear Mary and friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage to continue your brave work for human rights and equality,
yours,
Dave Edwards, London

Dear Mary and collaegues, the work you are doing is of the upmost importance. As a women in England I feel very lucky that I can demand to be treated as an equal and have opportunities available to me such as education and it is the bravery of people like you that this may one day be possible worldwide . I also feel that women's voices are essential in the journey towards a more socially just world which further adds value to your work. You are an inspiration

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
We wish you strength and courage in your valuable work.
Peter & Vicki

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
With all best wishes,
Barbara

I stand with you in Solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Dear friends at AWSDC,

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Best wishes for the future,
Dr Paul Godden

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
The courage and bravery you show in the face of such danger and injustice is a beautiful example to us as young people to face up to the injustices we see in our daily lives however big or small here in England.
Best wishes for the future,
Tiggy,Tilda and David

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
You are a shining example to the world in your work to make your country a safer and fairer place for women. You are in my thoughts at such a dangerous time. I admire your courage and strength and stand with you in solidarity. May you soon succeed in ending the cruelty and violence against women.
I send you my best wishes for the future.
Your Friend,
John Halton

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. I think you are brave for standing up for women's rights against violence and danger and hope that one day you will achieve the same rights as men.

I wish you the best
Danielle Morley

Dear friends at AWSDC

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage

Best wishes
John Chapman

Dear friends at AWSDC,
Across the world people support you. We wish you strength.
Rob Dickinson
(in London)

Dear friends,

With great respect and admiration for your work, I stand in solidarity with you and the critical work you do for your country and for all women everywhere.

With gratitude,
Annie

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I really admire the work you are doing - you are fantastic. With warmest wishes,
Naomi

Dear friends at AWSDC

Your work is awe inspiring, essential, courageous. We are with you in thoughts.

Claudine, Pierre Alexandre and family.

Dear friends at AWSDC,

You are doing an amazing job standing up against violence towards women in Afghanistan. The support, protection and shelter you give to women in need is so important, as you well know.

Equally, protection from the violence you face deserves support. I have written to President Hamid Karzai telling him so. It amazes me that people will go every day knowing that they could be attacked for doing what they are doing. Your strength inspires us all. Keep going, the world is watching and supporting you.

I stand with you in solidarity.

Charlotte Mackay

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I admire Mary Akrami and all of you at AWSDC for the wonderful work you are doing to tackle violence and inequality for women in Afghanistan.
The support, protection and shelter you give to those women in need and the positive changes you are trying to achieve is brilliant.
Along with other Amnesty International members, I am writing to President Hamid Karzai to urge him to improve, support and protect women human rights defenders by law and other legislation.
I stand with you in solidarity.
John D.

dear friends, i support you in your actions and endeavours and wish you strength and courage, from Judy, friend of Julie

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
Your work is so important and inspiring and I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Robyn (daughter of Julie L)

Dear Friends,
Your courage and steadfastness are an example to all of us. Thank you for staying strong. Your work is so important...
In solidarity,
Julie

Standing with you in solidarity and sending you warm wishes for strength and courage. Your work is so important for Afghanistan and for women!

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

I am writing you because I deeply admire your work and what you are doing to protect and promote women's rights in your country.
Your strenght and courage are an example and a reason for keep hoping in a better future.
Thank you,
Margherita

Dear friends at AWSDC
We are writing to you today to express our views on how stongly we agree that having shelters that are providing women and girls that are trying to escape violence is a good idea as it is giving them somewhere safe to go. This will give them a better life line because it is giving them a second chance by giving them what they deserve by having there free rights back.

We want to let you know that we fully support you and wish you luck in the future.

Damon and Amelia

Despite the problems, keep doing what your doing, because it's helping many people.

Wish you strength and courage.

Dear Friends at AWSDC
Our Amnesty group, Lynn Mynett, Mavis and Keith Watkinson, Steve Thorley, Sue and Mark Thompson, Susie and Stuart Warburton all stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage
Mark

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Alice

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Lily

Dear friends at AWSDC
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Hannah

Thank you so much for your courage and inspiration to women everywhere. Know that I stand in solidarity with you. Keep strong.

I applaud your courage and commitment. Stay strong in the face of troubles and know that across the world people are inspired by your actions.

We commend your courage and your dedication. We are thinking of you and send you our love and very best wishes. From Martin, Terry, Sue and Tedxxxxxxx

To all the people involved with the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre (AWSDC), we commend you on your outstanding work and dedication. We wish you all the courage and strength to carry on tackling the heartbreaking endemic violence. May you be granted all the help and resources you require to continue. Sending you all many hugs and our love. We stand with you in solidarity as ever. Peace to you all. Aaron

The bravery you have shown in your efforts to change culture and to help women in Afghanistan is very inspiring to me. I wish good luck and want you to know how much we in the West appreciate what you are trying to do.
Ian Cuthbertson
Bangor, Wales

Dear friends at the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre,
I write to you to express my solidarity and my respect. Thank you very much for the great work you are doing. Lots of love and best wishes for all of you!

I hope you know how much we all respect and admire you and the work you do. You are in our thoughts as you continue to do this much needed and dangerous work to support vulnerable women and girls. Keep strong and know you have our support.

What you do is inspiring, courageous, selfless and vital. I stand with you in solidarity and support you whole heartedly. Without your work these ladies would have no or little future. Thank you x

What you are doing at AWSDC is life-saving and life-changing. It is brave and courageous. I support you 100% and stand with you in solidarity. I shall tell other people about the great work you do. Keep safe.

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
I admire your work greatly and will continue to support you

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.

Andrew and Meg

Dear Friends at AWSDC

We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength,courage and grace to persevere in your honourable cause.

Dougie

Dear friends at Afghan Women's Skills Development Centre - I am standing with you in solidarity and I wish you strength and courage. Your work inspires people like me all round the world.

The Amnesty Club in London stands with you in solidarity and wishes you luck and courage to fight for your beliefs. In this Christmas period, we all have a special thought for you and those who work alongside you and we admire your strength. Never give up!! You will be remembered!!

To AWSDC
You are doing amazing work.
Never give up.

Dear Friends at AWSDC

Though I am far away, I hear about your work and admire your strength and determination. Please accept this expression of my solidarity with you.

With best wishes
Jane Brittin
Scotland

You are in many people’s thoughts and I stand with you in your determination and strength with your sisters in this endeavour-
Maggie Breen –England

John & Lydia Smart, Bromsgrove

I am 62 years old with a wife, 3 daughters and 3 grandsons. I am inspired by your courage to fight for positive change for women in Afghanistan.

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
As a young woman, with two young daughters, fortunate enough to have been brought up in the U.K., I am inspired by your work and efforts, and fully support you.
With all best wishes, Amy Lavis, Bromsgrove, England.

Dear friends at AWSDC, I, too, stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. I wish, even more, that your work was unnecessary. You have my deepest respect for the work that you do.

I stand with you in solidarity. May you and all those who work alongside be blessed .

i stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage

Dear Friends at AWSDC, I send this with my respect and admiration for the stand you have taken against injustice against women. You are not alone. Your work not only affects Afghanistan but gives inspiration and hope to the world. We must all, like you, take a stand to make the world a better place for women to live in.
Miranda
UK

dear friends at AWSDC
We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
Best wishes from Lawrence and Judy.
High Wycombe, UK

Dear Friends at AWSDC, You all are the true heroes of this world, and I hope all these messages help provide you with strength and courage.

Thank you for being a source of pure inspiration in the world. Your work not only has a physical impact in Afghanistan but provides hope to the rest of humanity.

Your work and courage is inspirational. I wish you continued strength and hope.

Kev Scott
UK

We admire you in the great work you are doing for the women of Afghanistan, and wish you the strength to continue as long as it is necessary. Only when women are protected and respected will they be able to contribute fully to the development of a better life for all the peoples of Afghanistan.
Christopher and Christina Lawson

If all the progress on women's rights are to continue, it will be because of the amazing work that you do. I am thinking of you and pray that your strength and fortitude will continue and the women of Afghanistan will have a safe haven if they are in need or protection.

We admire your courage in your important human rights work.

Eileen & john Weddell
UK

I am Praying for you. I am here to tell you that I am here for you, that you are not on your own and that I am here to help.
I am appauled that this is till happening today. And that no justice is happening. It will be a struggle but this will end!
I will do everything in my power to help you if that is getting supporters or raising money - I will do it. I feel that justice will arise someday soon. All we need to do is fight for our rights.

Stay strong and courageous to continue with your important work. You are in my thoughts. Lynne

Dear AWSDC. Your work is inspiring and of great value. Many people are thinking of you, in support. Best wishes. C

Dear Mary & my other sisters at AWSDC, please know that we are thinking of you and what happens to you. The work and support you are giving to each other and the many women and girls lives that you have touched is a positive note of love that resonates throughout the world. Just one positive act out weighs a negative act many, many times over. Never, never feel that you or your work is unimportant or invisible.
With love, Alaine

You are making a priceless contribution to Afghan society and human rights worldwide. Stay strong! Your many friends stand with you. Best wishes for 2014.
Jon, Devon, UK

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

You have my deep admiration and respect for the valuable work that you are doing for women in Afghanistan in a climate of fear and intimidation. You are very precious. I wish you every success in your endeavours.

Kind regards, Ernest Clutterbuck

Dear Friends at AWSDC
I admire your courage and strength. Your work and perseverance are appreciated.
Keep up the good work.
Best wishes
Arthur Evans

Dear friends at AWSDC,
Thank you for your courage as you stand to protect other women in need! People like you are the hope of humanity, hope against the cruelty and senselessness which you fight against and which abounds. We are thinking of you and supporting you in our hearts!

I am full of admiration for your courage. Stay strong, stay brave, we support your work.

Dear friends at AWSDC
I stand in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. Good luck

Jean Hales Amnesty International, Wakefield Local Group ( UK)

Don't loose hope. Women all over the world are working in whatever ways they can to give dignity and freedom to each other, and to all who are weak and vulnerable. Your situation is particularly difficult, but you are doing amazingly well.

It's worth it. Don't give up

Dear Women of AWSDC
I admire your courage and support your cause. What you are doing in an unjust world is inspirational and important.
Please keep doing this work.
I will continue to think of you.
Chris

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity - wyour courage in the face of such difficulty is inspirational.
We will stand with you for as long as you need - you are never alone!
In peace and always with hope,
Lydia

Dear friends

Thinking of you and your important work. Thank you for being courageous and supporting the women of Afghanistan in this way. We are all behind you!

Rebecca

Dear Friends at AWSDC

We stand with you in solidarity, and wish strength, courage and success in your aims.

Together we have global awareness of the need to defend all human rights

Chris & Maggie

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. You give me hope that the situation of women all over the world can be changed for the better.
with love and support
pen

Dear AWSDC
Well done!
We wanted to ask: do you have a nice time? Do you have children?
We love you! Thank you for giving the people jobs.

With love from all the children (4 years old) in the Gan class at Wimbledon and District Synagogue, London.

Dear friends at AWSDC. We stand with you in your fight to improve the human rights of Afghani women. Your courage gives us hope that the plight of women in Afghanistan -- and everywhere -- can be improved. You are wonderful!

Anita Savio
Cave Junction, Oregon
U.S.A.

Dear Friends at AWSDC
I stand with you in solidarity and wish
you strength and courage.
You are amazing, please keep trying.

xx

Dear Sisters at the AWSDC,

Your courage is inspirational, and future generations of Afghan women will be forever indebted to you all. We wish you the best - don't ever give up.

Yours sincerely,
Kathryn Twelvetree

In a week when the press in the UK has reported the possibility of reintroducing stoning as a punishment for adultery, it is most heartening to learn about a group defending and advancing the rights of women. I can only applaud your courage and wish you every success for the future.

Dear Friends at the AWSDC,

I applaud the vital work that you do standing up for women's' rights in Afghanistan and I wish you every success in the future.

Best wishes
Annette Dellevoet

Dear friends at AWSDC - you're doing great work and like so many others, we fully support what you are doing, and do hope that your work will contribute to peace and stability in your country. We wish you all the strength and courage you need, and all the success you deserve.
Michael and Carolyn

Continue with the brilliant work you are doing! I stand with you in solidarity. No peace without women's rights

You are amazing. We'll keep fighting for you. Stay strong! In solidarity.

To aeveryone at AWSDC

The work you are doing is life changing. I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity. I am in awe of your goodwill, strength and courage. I wish you hope for the future.
Very best wishes,
Emma

Dear friends at AWSDC,

You are an inspiration to us all. I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage in continuing your vital work.

With my best wishes,

vivabrahams

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I salute your strength and courage in the life-enhancing work you do.
My very best wishes now and in the future

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

I stand with you in solidarity
and wish you strength and courage.

My best wishes,
Alexandra.

Dear AWSDC, we feel the pioneering work you're doing is inspirational and hopefully is paving the way for other groups in Afghanistan and worldwide to support women's rights and the battle for gender equality. We are an amnesty group of 16-17 year olds and we think you're doing brilliant work and fully support you. Lots of love Varndean College Amnesty!

Women like you are truly the key to a better future for all women - in Afghanistan and around the world. For the sake of all women, please stay strong.

Rebecca

Dear AWSDC

I stand with you in solidarity. The work you are doing is an inspiration, courageous and important. I wish you strength and support for all your projects.

Helen

Dear Mary and everyone at AWSDC,

The work you do is an inspiration to me. Thank you for championing the rights of women even under such hostile and dangerous conditions. I wish you strength and joy.

Love and best wishes,

Paula.

Dear Brave Friends,
I am incredibly grateful for your work and wish you strength and much needed courage to tackle the issue of violence against women. Your work is very impressive and it gives me hope that something might change in the world. The amount of respect I have for you is unspeakable, you are wonderful and I wish you the very best.
Love, Oliwia.

I am so impressed and humbled by your courage and commitment. I salute you. Stay strong.

Dear Friends at AWSDC
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
With my best wishes
Pat

Dear AWSDC

I am full of admiration for the inspirational work you do for women and girls within your country - indeed, for women and girls everywhere, since I'm sure your commitment will be mirrored by others seeing your efforts.

I hope this message finds you strong and full of hope for the future.

With very best wishes,
Sandie

Dear friends at AWSDC,

I just wanted to express my admiration for your courage and support for your work.

Sue

Dear Friends at AWSDC

I am hugely impressed by the work you are doing, in tackling violence and inequality, to bring about positive changes for women in Afghanistan. People who work selflessly on behalf of others always have my admiration but to do what you in circumstances which require courage and strength uplifts my faith in humanity.

I wish you all unlimited reserves of strength and courage.

David

Dear all at AWSDC,
Your work is truly amazing. You are so brave and wonderful! I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage in your mission for women's rights.
Best wishes,
Daphne

To everyone at AWSDC,
I wanted to say that I think the work you're doing is inspirational, and very important. I wish you all the best in continuing the brave fight for women's rights in Afghanistan. Love from Ella, aged 17.

I think that the work that you are doing is so important and courageous. I hope that you can all remain strong together so that you are able to support those who need you and change those who oppress you. I send you these good wishes in friendship. Trevor

To all at AWSDC,
The work you are doing is truly fundamental to pulling Afghanistan out of the chaos created by the Taliban, through the work of its women. I am thankful that people like you work so tirelessly, with courage and skill, to realise a better future for your people.
We stand in solidarity with you, and you are in our thoughts. Stay strong!
Jessica

Thank you for for being a light out there in the world. The work of AWSDC is truly amazing, protecting women and campaigning for women's rights. Please take care.
May love, peace and strength be with you.
Hannah

It's great to know about your work and your achievements, in very difficult circumstances for yourselves and for all the women you work with. I greatly admire what you are doing... and hope with you that one day attitudes will change and at least some aspects of your work will no longer be necessary. I wish you strength and courage. Good wishes.

Dear friends at AWSDC, I admire and support the amazing work you are doing for women's rights in Afghanistan.

I think you are all very brave to be standing up for women's rights in Afghanistan. The work of the Afghan Women's Skills Development Centre will help to improve the lives of women and their families. I commend your courage and I wish you well in your task.
Anna

Just keep going Helen

Dear friends at AWSDC,

Please keep up the amazing work you are doing! I can only imagine the difficulties you are facing, but as a teacher, I really know how important your work is. The future of Afghanistan will be brighter because of you all. Education is the key to a better life, and it will not just be the women you support who benefit from your work. Their families will have a better life, and you can also act as an inspiration to the rest of the world, because of your bravery and determination to fight for a good cause.

Good luck with everything you do.

Jo

I think the work you are doing is an effective way of improving life for Afghan women. I wish you strength and courage.

Dear Friends at AWSDC

I am writing to you today to voice my support for all involved in the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre. I am happy to stand alongside the AWSDC in solidarity and to pay tribute to the group for all the vital work done in the face of considerable danger.

I can only imagine the challenges that your group must have faced over the last fifteen years since its founding, a period during which your country has witnessed tumultuous upheavals and radical societal change. I understand that the work the group carries out protecting and advancing the rights of women in Afghanistan exposes members of the group and their associates to considerable personal danger. I sincerely hope that the threats, intimidation and violence which confront your group through your work will never deter you from the noble cause that it pursues.

That the future of any nation is a brighter and better place to live than its past is dependent on the expansion of equality for all its members and on access to education. True liberty is impossible in any society without these. The AWSDC represents a beacon of hope for a more equal future.

I hope that the AWSDC can continue to grow, bringing the positive difference it makes to even more lives and that the group’s goals can be achieved. I would like to take this opportunity to offer you my very best wishes for the future. Long may your courageous endeavours continue to be met with success and your bravery rewarded with the pride of knowing that you are building a better world.

Yours sincerely and in admiration

Jamie Hepburn
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. You are an inspiration to us all and we admire all of the work that you do to bring justice and equality to the lives of many.
Jasmine and Sarah

Dear Mary & all at AWSDC,
Having had the pure luck and privilege to have been born & raised in the UK I can barely imagine the difficulties you face on a daily basis, and can only wonder at the amazing strength you display in dealing with them.
You're an inspiration to us all, and I wish you every success in your efforts to build a safer, fairer world.

We are thinking of you in these difficult times and wish you courage.
With all our support

Dear Mary and the AWSDC team
We are thinking of you and the amazing work you are doing. When it feels tough, focus on the difference you are making to the lives of women and young girls every single day. Keep faith, feel courage and know we are championing you.

Dear Mary and AWSDC members,
All my best wishes for your important work. We will continue to campaign and support you from the UK

Dear Mary, and everyone at Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre,

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage in your effort to improve women's lives in your country under very difficult and oppressive circumstances.

Dear Mary and all at AWSDC,

I am full of admiration for your strength and bravery amidst adversity. It is people like you who change the world for the better. There is a brighter future for the women and children of Afghanistan, thanks to you.
Rachel

With you in mind and spirit. You are strong and courageous. Keep going
Karen

Dear friends at AWSDC,

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. Under the fear of violence and all other uncertainties, I appreciate how brave you are to fight with the adversity life. You are the bravest woman I have ever seen. I hope you will live happily under the protection and help from the staff. You are in my pray.

Candy

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage in the face of oppression. People all across the globe are now becoming aware of the violence and brutality that the woman of Afghanistan are enduring everyday, your work is invaluable, change is in the air.

I think you are very courageous women, and represent the best of humanity as you persevere despite the huge obstacles before you. What a difference you make to the lives of women and children! There are many that stand with you in support.

Dear Friends at AWSDC

Your story is the news we seldom hear but the world needs to know.

You inspire, you teach, you motivate and you change your world person by person. Your courage uplifts, gives hope and shines a light on that which is possible.
While I can not be there in person , I am there in spirit to support you, to thank you and to share your storyt as far and wide as I am able.

Thank you for your wonderful work. You are not forgotten.Please keep going on making a difference. I support you and all you stand for and want you to be safe.

I wish you strength and success in your campaign. Bravery you already have!

We wish you courage and strength in these difficult times.

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I admire your strength and courage on your campaign to protect women and preserve their rights in Afghanistan. You all are an inspiration of bravery in the face of terror and you all are examples to follow in committing to helping others and standing up for your rights. I stand with you in solidarity and I stand by your fight against violence to women, and I pray that in your struggle you will succeed and make a difference to women's tights in Afghanistan.
You are all examples to women all over the world. Keep being brave and be firm in your actions and beliefs. You have a supporter in me!
Hannah Liebeschuetz

Dear Friends at AWSDC
I admire your courage and your commitment to improve the lives of women in Afghanistan and to make your society a fairer and safer place for all women. I have written to President Karzai urging him to support your work and to call for an end to attacks against you and your colleagues.
What you do is an example to women all over the world. Be brave and stand firm. You are amazing!
Elisabeth Burleigh

Dear Friends at AWSDC
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage!

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I admire your strength and courage in the work you do in difficult times and circumstances.
I stand fully with you in solidarity.
Alan Holloway
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Dear friends at AWSDC,
My little daughter and I are so grateful to you for your courage and bravery in standing up for the rights of women. You are an inspiration to us all! Karen and Lola

Dear friends at AWSDC,

Remember we are here
Involved for women
Genuinely passionate for
Helping anyone
To have their rights respected,
Solidarity with all women.

Would like to thank for
Offering hope to so
Many women with
Enough will power.
Never lose hope.

From Anaϊs, student at Essex

Thank You so much for doing this work. Even in the west this would be an marvellous achievement in combating violence against women. That this work is pioneering in your country and goes against the dominant cultural values makes it all the more inspiring.

Dearest Brave Friends at AWSDC,
My thoughts are with you always as you go about your incredible work. I love that you are working for your sisters and send faith and prayers for your safety every day. Do not doubt ever that I stand in solidarity with you. Please never, never, never, ever give up.
Love light and peace to you
Sandi

Dear Friends at AWSDC
You are doing such admirable work to help the women and girls of Afghanistan and this will benefit all society. You inspire so many people across the world. I appreciate your bravery, strength and determination in continuing your important work. I wish you continued strength and safety and peace to you and all your friends and families. I send you love and support, and hold you in my thoughts.
Ann

Dear Friends

Like many other people all over the world, I wish you courage and strength in your struggle to make life better for girls and women. Thank you for being brave enough to stand up for women's rights under such difficult circumstances. You are an inspiration to us all.

Dear Friends at AWSDC, I admire your work and stand with you in solidarity. I wish you strength and courage in your continued work to make life better for women and girls. Good luck and best wishes

Dear Friends at AWSDC, I admire your work and stand with you in solidarity. I wish you strength and courage in your continued work to make life better for women and girls. Good luck and best wishes

I admire the important work that you do and stand with you in solidarity whilst you continue to make life better for women and girls.

Just to let you know that we are thinking of you and the excellent and vital work that you are doing in such difficult circumstances. Thank you for all your hard work in helping and protecting woman and girls. Wishing for your safety and your continued strength in the face of the obstacles ahead of you.

I admire your bold stand for the rights of women to play a full part in Afghan society and know that your bravery will bear fruit. ! admire what my wife, daughter and two granddaughters bring to our society in UK and pray that your gifts will be fully used in your Afghan society.

I am thinking of you and stand with you in solidarity in your efforts to bring positive change for women in Afghanistan. I wish you strength and courage as you continue in your difficult work.

Dear friends at AWSDC
We so admire your courage and determination in the face of such widespread abuse and indifference to the difficult lives that many women endure in your country. Thank you for being so brave and we will remember you in our prayers. With love from two of your sisters in solidarity in England

I admire your courage and determination and I just want you to know that people are aware of your continued struggle and we stand with you.

We are thinking of you and praying for your safety as you work for women's rights. You are very brave and what you are doing is so important. Stay strong!

I admire your courage and determination to protect the women and girls of Afghanistan in such dificult and scary conditions, were women are so much under discrimination, violence, fear and abuse. I just hope one day world leadrs, tribal leaders and everyone with leadership responsabilites will understand that women are not half human but numan beings with so much potential and capacity to cotribute to society as men. I just hope one day these horrific days will be just a memory of the past.

Dear Friends at AWSDC
Thank you so much for working so hard to protect and support my sisters in Afghanistan despite the risk you put yourself in every day. I'm so sorry that women are subjected to such horrific violence and inequality. I hope that one day women all around the world will be treated with the dignity and respect that all human beings deserve. You are an example to all of us about love in action and I am so proud of all of you. I do not consider myself free u til all my sisters are, so thank you for fighting for my freedom too. Lesley

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
You are doing amazing work and your actions should be made aware to people all across the world. Stay strong - I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. We will get there eventually.
Warm wishes,
Florence

Dear friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and am inspired by
your strength and courage..
Warm regards,
Anna.

Dear Friends at AWSDC,

You are doing great work and I support you in your work to improve the lives of women. I hope that you continue to have the strength and courage to change the world.

Warm wishes,
Jen

Dear Friends at AWSDC
Keep up the excellent work, you are doing a great job.

Warm wishes,
Cheryl

You are so brave in the face of adversity and I truly hope you will find the courage and strength to continue your important work. I wish good luck and good health to you and your loved ones. Peace be with you.
Sally

Dear Friends at AWSDC,
I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage. You didn't just curse the darkness, you lit a candle and you kept it burning. Even though it's not easy, you still keep it burning. Blessings to you, and the vital work that you do. I think that you are brave, beautiful and amazing women.
Warm wishes from Luci

Dear Friends at AWSDC
You are in my thoughts. I do think of you and what may happen to you. I admire your courage and persistence. I hope that as our messages roll in you will feel the strength of our support.

I am sending you my support from one woman to another - may you find peace and justice. Keep strong and care for each other...My heartfelt good wishes to each and every one of you.

Dear Friends at AWSDC

I stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage.
With all good wishes to you and your families and loved ones.

Georgia