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.
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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