World YWCA Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan

Women and girls remain most impacted by the manifestation of patriarchy, conflict and oppression of human rights. World YWCA is closely following the situation with grave concern. Afghan women and girls have played a pivotal role throughout the country’s history.

As a movement with 165 years of history of working together for peace and justice, we stand in solidarity and support our partner organisations responding to the current crisis and their efforts during this critical period. We urge our friends and supporters who are keen to take action for women and girls in Afghanistan to donate to the below.:

  • Our Big 6 Youth Partner, WOSM (World Scouting Movement) has initiated a crowdfunding effort, coordinated through the World Scout Bureau and Afghanistan National Scout Organisation. Here is the link to the fundraiser. Read the full statement by WOSM here
  • Our civil society organisation (CSO) and faith partner, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), has been present in Afghanistan for over 20 years. The offices have temporarily closed and the situation remains fragile. IRW has launched an emergency appeal and is formulating plans to provide immediate humanitarian response as soon as possible. Here is a link to donate to IRW Afghanistan Response. Read the full statement by IRW here

We may add to this list as our other partners with a presence and relevance in Afghanistan develop clear plans of support for women, girls and families. 

We know that war, conflicts, natural and man-made disasters impact women, young women and girls the worst. World YWCA is concerned by the on-going crisis in the countries of Afghanistan, Belarus, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Haiti – to name a few – which impact the human rights of women and girls in a devastating way. We continue to advocate that women and girls be at the centre of all crisis, recovery, and long-term response.