Support Women in Afghanistan
As cities fall under Taliban control across Afghanistan, reports are emerging of the devastating impact on women and girls. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross women and children make up nearly half of all civilian casualties across the country. Women are seeing the rights they earned through decades of activism disappear as the Taliban seize control – women have been sent home from their jobs and universities, girls are being removed from schools and female journalists are forced into hiding.
What can you do?
There are actions you can take to support women in Afghanistan:
- Write to your MP, encouraging them to provide urgent humanitarian support. You can find your MP here
- Amplify Afghan voices, listen to, amplify and fund the work of female journalists in Afghanistan to ensure women’s stories are heard
- Sign the petition, launched by political activist Sophie Walker, asking the UK government to lay out an asylum plan for Afghan women that are most in danger: http://chng.it/VYWHFbZ6zx
- Support charities and on the ground organisations:
- Women for Women: https://womenforwomen.org.uk/
- Women for Refugee Women: https://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/
- International Women’s Media Foundation, who are supporting Afghan Women Journalists: https://www.iwmf.org/
- Women in Journalism: https://womeninjournalism.org/
- Rukhshana Media, a local women’s media network, you can support them through this crowdfunding page
More information on the current situation and the history of women in Afghanistan:
The Guardian has partnered with Rukshana media on a Women Report Afghanistan series
The Atlantic: The Taliban’s Return Is Catastrophic For Women
Harper’s Bazaar: What will happen to the women and girls of Afghanistan?
The New York Times: For Afghan Women, Taliban Stir Fears of Return to a Repressive Past
My Forbidden Face by Latifa
Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse by Suraya Sadeed
Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad