To empower women by improving their capacity to raise their standard of life, make them self-sufficient and restore their respect in the Afghan Society.
Historically, Afghan women have always held a crucial and active role in the struggle for freedom. The heroic struggle and fight against the invaders by many Afghan women became a glorious part of our history. Such events are not only unforgettable, but they will remain as a source of great encouragement and inspiration for future Afghan generations.
Since the women in Afghanistan have suffered more than anyone else during the resistance against the Soviet occupation, it is therefore necessary to take into consideration that they should have full access to basic human rights. Afghanistan Women Council was established with great hope to advocate for a better situation for Afghan women and increase awareness of human rights, women’s rights, refugee rights, children rights, peace-building and democracy issues within the Afghan context. It is worth mentioning that AWC has been awarded four international awards for its performance in these areas since its establishment in 1986.
Afghanistan Women Council (AWC) is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit, non-sectarian Charity Organization founded in 1986 by the efforts of Ms. Fatana Ishaq Gailani and a group of Afghan women with an aim to assist Afghan women and children. The predominant objective of the organization is to enlighten women, improve their living conditions and strengthen their socio-economic status in society by their multi-lateral involvement in development activities. AWC is registered with the Government of Pakistan and Afghanistan as a charity NGO. It has run various activities for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan since 1986. It has also run a hospital in Kabul since 1992. AWC is registered with the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women Affairs UNDP, UNOPS and WFP as an Afghan NGO and registered with the Ministry of Justice as a social organization. AWC is also registered with Amnesty international USA, UK, Spain, Japan, Canada, and Pakistan, as a Human Rights Defender Organization.
To enlighten women and children, improve their living conditions and strengthen their health, education and socio-economic status in society by their multi-lateral involvement in development activities.
• To secure civil and social rights of women based on the Islamic principles and Afghan culture and traditions.
• To create understanding, cooperation and harmony among Afghan women on issues of national and international importance.
• To advance the place of women in Afghan society.
• To encourage and promote education for Afghan women at the national level.
• To improve the social, economic, health and cultural conditions of Afghan women.
• To establish friendly relations with similar organizations around the world and
• To provide opportunities for the active participation of women within Afghan culture, in educating the next generation, rehabilitation and development of Afghan society through building their capacity.
AWC strives to work within its mandate, mission and objectives effectively for Afghanistan and Afghan people.
AWC has won four international awards, among numerous others, for their outstanding work on behalf of refugees, women and children, human rights, peace-building and democracy.
• The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Award on Jan. 28, 1992.
• Prince of Asturias Award (Spain) for International Co-operation in 1998.
• United Nations Association of Spain Award for Peace in 1999 and
• Prince of Asturias Award for Human Rights defenders (Spain) in 2000.
• “Great Masood” Award for social and human rights and women rights work 2006.
• Ministry of Women Award (Afghanistan) for excellent work for women in 2006.
• Ambassador for Peace Award from “Universal Peace Federation” in Dec. 2006.
Literacy, math, health & parenting, conflict resolution & peace-building, environment, community leadership & rehabilitation, human rights, women’s rights, Rule of law, transitional justice, good governance & civil society, democracy, peace development and reconciliation. Also AWC specializes in Community Development, Health, Alternative Livelihood Program and small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development and thought thousands of Afghan Women since 1986.
Doctors Treating Patients
Mother and Child Health Clinic:
The clinic began service for 25,000 poor families in the Shahrak Khurasan area of Kabul in 2000 and was running operations up to 2002 without any donor support. 11 staff members working 10 hours a day visited 60-80 mothers and children daily without pay and provided lab tests and proper medication.
Psychosocial Support and Counseling: Individual, group counseling and psychosocial support is an important service that is provided. We focus on self-esteem and self-confidence, improving inter-personal and inter-group relations as well as stress, anger and grief management.
AWC has provided 1,000 women with relief aid in the winter during the last year and supported many more on a monthly basis. AWC has completed a relief project for 500 families providing them with clean drinking water, necessary materials for shelter and food in Paktika and Parwan Provinces since 2002.
AWC has completed drinking water projects with the people’s support to provide 25 families with clean drinking water (a deep well with a hand pump).
Women in Business
Income Generation Training:
Topics included in our training include marketing, management, small business, basic accounting, entrepreneurship, legal and gender issues.
Training in sewing, knitting, handicrafts, soap making, vegetable gardening, soap making, sweet and pickle making and poultry raising are offered.
Skills Sharing Workshops:
Women share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned in project related areas.
Introduction to Micro-Finance Training: Features covered are an explanation of the structure and purpose of micro-finance, including loans, savings programs and Village Organizations.
AWC has provided 5,000 widows and the most vulnerable women with the skills training in the Benehesar, Qala e Musa, Qala e Fatullah, Deh Afghanan, Kandahar, Parwan and Jalalabadd. These women are running their own businesses and supporting their families. AWC will provide 1,500 more widows and the most vulnerable women with loans in Kabul, Parwan Kandahar and Jalalabad this year to run their businesses and financially have a sustainable life.
Standing in Solidarity
AWC has participated in human rights, peace-building, and democracy conferences, workshops and seminars regarding Afghan women’s issues since 1993 around the world. AWC offers training courses in human rights, women’s rights, peace-building, democracy and management to Afghan women in Afghanistan and in the Afghan Refugee environment in Peshawar Pakistan. AWC held seminars and workshops to increase women’s awareness of their rights and to unite them to make their voice stronger. This would enable them to make inroads in securing their rights in society from the family level on up to the high positions in government.
AWC has motivated women to participate in the presidential and parliamentary electrons.
AWC has informed Mr. President and cabinet members of violations and injustices against human rights and women’s rights in the county. Also several meetings were held with high ranking authorities regarding the national and international issues with the various Ministers.
Afghanistan Women Council places an emphasis staff opportunities for growth. It has provided its staff with various training in the fields of human rights, women and children rights, labor rights, peace-development, democracy, micro-finance, MF management, office management, women’s leadership, accounting, social organization, and gender issues. Some were sent to New Delhi and Srilanka to participate in seminars and workshops. AWC itself held many seminars and workshops.
Establishment of a Research Center for Afghan Women
This center was established in 2000 under the cultural section of AWC to undertake profound and widespread research on the political, social, economic and cultural spheres of Afghan women’s lives.
Children: 4 daughters, 3 sons
Life is like a river full of downs that always drowns humans in it. But sometimes humans, by the use of their mind, save themselves from these adversities. I asked her to tell me some memories of her life. She smiled and told me her life story.
Province: Kart-e-Naw, Kabul
Children: 2 daughters, 1 son who is paralyzed
Here is an old proverb - Who Sees the Hungry Graves. This proverb really matches the living condition of Aziza, When I looked at Aziza, I thought that she was only a body and her soul had gone. I thought to myself that I am dreaming. I was depressed in her painful sea. When I saw her, she was crying, and then she started to present her life story with a vibrating voice..
Province: Qala-e-Wahid, Kabul
Children: 5 daughters, 3 sons
She is 35 years old and a single mother of eight children, 5 girls and 3 sons. She is living in Qala-e-Wahid area of Kabul city. Aqila was really far removed from an open and educated society. She had no information or awarness about being a literate woman in society, or what steps are necessary to take in order to be an active part of a society. She was unaware of how to be a pillar in strenghtening the economic life of her family, of women rights, children rights and so on...
On June 26th 2019, AWC’s board of committee’s honored the 33rd anniversary of AWC as the organization passing more than 3 decades of its services to Afghan Women since its establishment.
The gathering was held in AWC’s conference hall with the participation of the one who initiated the name (AWC) and the commitment towards Afghan Women Empowerment, no other than Mrs. Fatana Ishaq Gailani and other key staff members.
On the occasion Mrs. Fatana Ishaq Gailani (AWC’s Founder& Chairwoman) shared:
“ It’s really an honor for me and my teammatesm, former and current, to celebrate one of the most joyous days of my life with the AWC anniversary. Afghanistan Women Council’s initiative was a result of the enduring contribution of many extraordinary women who now are successful leaders on their own. Thirty-three years ago we came together during a very tough situation of migration to life in Pakistan and we decided to establish an entity with the aim to raise the real voices of Afghan women on the national and international level and we are inspired by the depth of each and every single commitment made by the team members for the empowerment and success of Afghan women and children.
I am very grateful for the actions we have undertaken both during the time that we were migrants in Pakistan starting in 1986 until today in our current work which ensures highly significant progress and ever expanding impact. Since 1986 we have had the privilege of supporting thousands of women, men and children in the fields of health, education, psychosocial treatment, literacy, life skills, early childhood development, vocational training, business development support and micro-finance under my direct leadership and our qualified teammates.
As we mark the 33rd anniversary of AWC, we will continue to expand on this over three decades of dedicated work, depending on our commitment to create broader opportunities for Afghan Women and children. The tasks and problems that hinder this struggle have made us more sophisticated and committed to our goals, and God has opened the doors of hope for this purified purpose.
I wish you all success for each and single step you put forth.”
Afterwards each of the committee members pointed to their success and best practices during the past year and renewed their commitment to determined work and to be at the forefront of social struggle and activities.
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