Advancing Peace, Inclusion and Prosperity
Women in Afghanistan
Decades of ongoing war and conflict have severely impacted the peace, freedom and mental and physical health of women in Afghanistan.
Rates of gender-based violence, domestic abuse, and forced marriage are among the highest in the world. Afghan women also face significant barriers to education, with less than half of Afghan girls enrolled in school and a literacy rate of just 12% among women and girls.
These realities are profoundly impacting women’s well-being in Afghanistan. Women represent approximately 80% of all deaths by suicide in the country – one of the only nations in the world in which women die by suicide at a higher rate than men.
Overview of WILPF’s Work in Afghanistan
Established in 2015, WILPF Afghanistan is devoted to working with women, men and young people to advance the role of women in Afghan society, promote peace-building programmes and develop women’s active social, economic and political participation for a future of inclusion and prosperity.
WILPF Afghanistan is also deeply committed to working with community members to prevent gender-based violence and to promote environmental initiatives that improve the health and security of all citizens of Afghanistan.
WILPF Afghanistan is committed to advancing positive change for women by promoting their active participation in Afghan society and empowering them to become involved in the global movement for peace, freedom and justice.
WILPF Afghanistan actively promotes and supports women-led efforts to help reverse the destruction of Afghanistan’s natural landscapes and the health impacts of pollution resulting from years of war and limited economic resources.
WILPF Afghanistan is dedicated to advocating for policy changes that will enhance protections and supports for women and all persons living with disabilities in Afghanistan.
Peace talks have long been a focus of attention for civil society organisations in Afghanistan in an attempt to bring and end to the conflict. However, women — who are disproportionately impacted by the conflict — have had almost no role in formal talks.
In July 2019, Jamila Afghani, leader of WILPF Afghanistan, was one of 10 female delegates at the Intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Qatar.