Group Action on behalf Women's Rights Defenders in Afghanistan
Young Women for Change (YWC) is a grassroots feminist movement with the aim of empowering and improving the lives of women across Afghanistan. Among other activities they run an awareness programme to help women take a greater part in social and political life, have led protests demanding justice for women experiencing violence, conducted the first large-scale study of sexual harassment and, in collaboration with another youth group called Hadia, organised the first ever anti-street harassment march. They do all of this at great personal risk - women's rights defenders in Afghanistan face violence and threats from government forces and Taliban alike.
As part of Amnesty's Write for Rights campaign Southend Amnesty Group wrote letters to the British Ambassador in Kabul Afghanistan urging him to raise the plight of these courageous women with the British government and with the Afghanistan authorities.