WPHF is supporting local women’s organizations in Afghanistan to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic and sustain their work on the front lines of conflict and crises.
In Afghanistan, WPHF is channeling urgently-needed financing to grassroots women’s organizations working to sustain their operations and respond to COVID-19 and its urgent gender dimensions.
WPHF has supported 2 projects implemented by 2 women-led and women’s rights civil society organizations in Afghanistan:
- Welfare and Support Afghan Women Disability Organization (WSAWDO) on a project to addresses COVID-19 impacts through both disability and gender lenses by supporting women and girls with disabilities to maintain their jobs and improve their conditions, while providing them with immediate emergency support in the form of food, hygiene and personal protection materials as well as some minimal mobility devices.
- Hoda-e-sharq Organization for Development Afghanistan (HODA) on a project to raise awareness of the rise in SGBV and protect SGBV survivors in the context of COVID-19, while providing emergency cash support and establishing a hotline to respond to cases of SGBV.
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Afghanistan is one of the youngest countries in the world, with 63 per cent of its population aged under 24 and 400,000 new workers estimated to be entering the workforce every year for the next decade. More than 8 million students are enrolled in school, including more than 2.5 million girls. However, the regular targeting of girls attending school, continued stigma against girls’ education, and increasing influence of violent extremism is posing increased challenges.
Significant transitional events are occurring within the political and security arenas that could negatively impact women if interventions are not made to ensure their active participation. Ensuring women’s participation in elections, peace negotiations, and overall engagement in governance at national and subnational levels will help preserve gains made to date and create resiliency in those institutions responsible for Afghanistan’s gender agenda.
In Afghanistan, WPHF aims to ensure the financing and coordination of local civil society organizations, empowering women as leaders and key humanitarian actors on the road to sustainable peace.