Novo Foundation, Carnegie and Ford Support Women for Afghan Women
Before Afghanistan turned into a war zone in the late 1970s and then came under Taliban rule in the 1990s, Afghan women saw fairly steady progress. Some of that progress resumed after the U.S. ousted the Taliban in 2001, ending a harsh period of subjugation for Afghan women. Yet with the Taliban again making military gains—they now control as much as a third of the country—and women also facing repression from other traditionalist forces in Aghan society, the country ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the world for women and girls.
The top organization focused on this challenge is Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which describes itself as a “grassroots, civil society organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York.” . . .